Town Council Play Areas Remain Closed

Town Council Play Areas

This includes:

Highfield Park Toddler Play Area

Highfield Park Junior Play Area

Castledene Play Area

West Mickley Play Area

The Copse Play Area

Please note that Eastwood Park Play Area and Riding Dene Play Area (Mickley) are owned and managed by Northumberland County Council.  There is also a small play area at Castle Lea which is owned and managed by Karbon Homes.

All Town Council Play Areas will remain closed to the public.  Re-opening will be reconsidered on Wednesday 9th September, at the meeting of the Planning, Contract and Works Committee.

Keeping play areas closed is not an easy decision.  The Council is aware of the social, emotional, and physical benefits of playgrounds to children.  We would encourage that playing fields are used, where there are no contact surfaces, rather than playground equipment.

A site-specific risk assessment has been carried out for each play area.  These are available on the Council’s website (click on the play area above to view).  The Council acknowledge that it is not feasible to steward play areas, to clean play equipment daily, to operate a booking system or to provide cleaning equipment or hand sanitiser.

With the above in mind, the Council is taking a cautious, but pragmatic approach to reopening.  Coronavirus lockdown rules were significantly eased from 4th July; the coming weeks will reveal any effect on the number of cases and the rate of infection.  In the meantime, we will be working towards implementing practical measures.  This will include signage that promotes social distancing and good hygiene and specifies a maximum number of users.  Personal/parental responsibility is paramount.  Whilst signage will be clear and informative, we rely upon the cooperation of users to help reduce the risks.

Please be assured that Prudhoe Town Council will re-open our play areas, when it is considered safe to do so, but not before Wednesday 9th September.