Move equipment to bowling green
Whilst I fully agree with the deficiencies of the playground equipment in your front page story last week and trust that WDC will remedy them shortly, in the longer term there could be advantages in moving the playground to a site close-by.
Last year, the Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee (KAAC), which is the local body concerned to protect and promote the site of Kenilworth Abbey in Abbey Fields, suggested that consideration should be given to relocating the playground on the former bowling green in front of the swimming pool.
Of course, work would need to be done to the bowling green site to make it safe and suitable for young children, but it would provide a properly fenced area free from dogs and it would have the potential for erecting more ambitious play equipment (because the archaeological restraints on deep excavations may be less away from the main abbey site).
The removal of the playground to this site, away from the barn, would also enhance the setting of the abbey ruins. I understand that the idea was supported by the general services committee of the town council, and the proposal was put to the play working party of WDC, where it was shelved without further discussion.
One of the reasons given was that it would require English Heritage permission, but in fact the English Heritage inspector is a member of our committee which made the proposal. I should like to think that this idea is kept alive in any discussion of improving the facilities and ambience of this area of Abbey Fields. - Dr Richard Morris, Chairman KAAC.
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