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BRENTWOOD COUNCIL UPDATES – Jonathan Stephenson CEO of Brentwood Council (W/E 10/07/20)


Michelle was joined by Jonathan Stephenson, CEO Brentwood Council to talk about this weeks Council updates.


  • Brentwood High Street pedestrianisation between 9am – 6pm (excluding buses and cyclists)
  • Disabled Parking Bays located at St Thomas Road (Taxi Rank one way system)
  • Gyms Opening
  • Road Shows to Explain the NEW Recycling Changes (17th July Brentwood High Street & 24th July King Georges Park)
  • Play Areas Improvements
  • Business Grants and Discretionary Grants

King George’s and River Road £300,000 renovated play areas open on Saturday July 11

The two major refurbishment schemes were delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown but are now finished and ready to open.

King George’s £150,000 scheme for the toddler and younger years area features new inclusive equipment, slides, swings, roundabout, trampoline, multi-use see-saw, springers, a new sensory path, Tic, Tac Toe, and Talk Tubes. The much loved 140 year old weeping beech tree is safely protected.

River Road Play Park has also undergone a £150,000 renovation with slides, climbing frames and sensory equipment is being installed, together with a new user friendly landscaping that will enhance the experience for those with additional needs.

Chair of Community & Health Committee, Cllr Cliff Poppy said; “Both schemes are part the Council’s five year Play Area Strategy that will see £2.5m spent on improving outdoor play areas together with the creation of outdoor gyms on certain sites. We have committed a lot of funding to ensure the play areas are top notch and offer stimulation, challenge and enjoyment for all the family. Although Covid of course meant work had to stop for a time, it has also shown how important these schemes are to everyone. So I am delighted that this Saturday people will get the chance to go and try out the new equipment – just remember to stay safe and keep social distancing.”

The Council has worked with HAGs to ensure that the investment on the two sites provides a broad range of imaginative and inclusive play opportunities for children including those with physical or sensory impairments. Short Breaks, who have provided expertise on design and equipment to ensure that the play areas are accessible where possible for those with physical and sensory impairments, have also been involved.


** Warley Playing Fields had a new £290,000 play equipment area that includes a range of new and challenging play equipment, landscaping and an outdoor gym

** In August 2019, Courage Playing Fields underwent a £90,000 makeover with a new tower unit and climbing frame and sensory equipment installed.

** Other play scheme improvements that are planned include…. As part of the Council’s Leisure Strategy 2018-2028

** Hutton Recreation will get a total of £400,000 spent on refurbishment

** North Road will get a £175,000 renovation

** Crescent Road play area a £250,000 new scheme

** Ingrave Johnstone £100,000 and £175,000 at Bishops Hall



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