Swanpool adventure playground supported by Falmouth councillors

Swanpool adventure playground supported by Falmouth councillors

Swanpool adventure playground supported by Falmouth councillors

First published in Cornwall

Plans for a high quality adventure playground overlooking Swanpool have received unanimous support from Falmouth councillors which paves the way for possible funding streams to be explored.

Esther Lochrie, a director of Swanpool Beach Ltd which holds the lease for much of the beach, the car park and nature reserve, addressed a meeting of the town council last week when she outlined the proposals.

“We see the nature reserve and Swanpool as a real jewel in our crown and something we want to make a lot more of,” she said. “We want to create quite a sizeable and high quality children’s play area on the pool side of the car park that would engage local children and education children on what goes on in the nature reserve.

“I think Swanpool is an ideal location for an adventure play area. There is a real need for children’s play areas in Falmouth and that problem is only going to get worse. Swanpool could answer that need not only now, but in the future. We would like to develop something quite special with a real wow factor.”

The play area would be free to use, open all year round but closed off at night. The idea has already generated a lot of support among the local community with at least 300 people signing a petition and a Facebook page receiving almost 1,200 likes since January.

Councillors were told the Swanpool Forum would be applying for grant funding while Swanpool Beach Ltd will manage and maintain the area, contribute some essential funding and invest into the play area going forward.

“We think we have an amazing opportunity to create a good sized play area that Falmouth can be proud of and that local people can use, but will also be a draw to tourists. We think it’s a great place for it – we already have parking, toilets and a cafe, it’s all there.”

The idea won the wholehearted support of councillors with Steve Eva saying: “It’s a breath of fresh air to have someone come |here who wants to do something for the town. Janey (Davis) has done it at Kimberley Park and I just hope you really move forward on this and hope you get the support you want.”

Councillor David Saunby added: “This is a brilliant idea for Falmouth and will put the icing on the cake for that area.”

With the town council’s support now in the bag, the team behind the scheme will approach Cornwall Council to apply for section 106 funding.

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9:26am Mon 17 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Sounds like a brilliant idea, presumably the toilets would be open all year?
Sounds like a brilliant idea, presumably the toilets would be open all year? Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 4

9:55am Mon 17 Feb 14

victoriameldrew says...

I just think about the people who live nearby - the extra noise, the extra parking - often on their land outside their houses - bloody annoying people who just think they can park anywhere without thought to anyone living in the houses. Gone are they days when children can just amuse themselves playing in the rock pools, building sand castles or just swim and play in the water like I did as a child. As you can tell I am against this!!!
I just think about the people who live nearby - the extra noise, the extra parking - often on their land outside their houses - bloody annoying people who just think they can park anywhere without thought to anyone living in the houses. Gone are they days when children can just amuse themselves playing in the rock pools, building sand castles or just swim and play in the water like I did as a child. As you can tell I am against this!!! victoriameldrew
  • Score: -9

10:58am Mon 17 Feb 14

Kernowkarmann says...

Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter.

Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter?

I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!)
Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter. Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter? I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!) Kernowkarmann
  • Score: 7

11:17am Mon 17 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Kernowkarmann wrote:
Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter.

Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter?

I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!)
Thank you for answering my question, I do visit Swanpool and wondered about winter opening.
[quote][p][bold]Kernowkarmann[/bold] wrote: Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter. Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter? I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!)[/p][/quote]Thank you for answering my question, I do visit Swanpool and wondered about winter opening. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

victoriameldrew says...

Kernowkarmann wrote:
Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter.

Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter?

I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!)
no I don't actually live there but a friend does and it is horrible in the summer when they are sunbathing in their front garden to have people parking on their grass, right up to their fence gawping at them!!! How many people do you see on the beach in the winter? They can still play in the rock pools on a nice winters day (as they do) but, in the cold winter months when the weather is not so great, they're not there anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Kernowkarmann[/bold] wrote: Gill, the toilets are open all year but only as the beach cafe keep them going in the winter. Miss Meldrew, blimey... i'm guessing you own one of the houses near the car park? Wouldn't you rather this car park had something on it? Do you expect children to go and swim in the sea and play in rock pools in the winter? I remember in the '80's there being some sort of cart (or bike) track on this land, surely that was noisy? and sewage being pumped into the sea (oh the good old days!!)[/p][/quote]no I don't actually live there but a friend does and it is horrible in the summer when they are sunbathing in their front garden to have people parking on their grass, right up to their fence gawping at them!!! How many people do you see on the beach in the winter? They can still play in the rock pools on a nice winters day (as they do) but, in the cold winter months when the weather is not so great, they're not there anyway. victoriameldrew
  • Score: -5

1:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Kernowkarmann says...

I would think that the reason they are not there on certain days is because the weather is too bad to be on the beach itself, but a park area would be a good substitute, better than sitting in watching TV don't you think?

While I don't agree with parking on other people's property (although surely if they own the grass they would have the right to stop this happening?) I also think that if you buy a property close to a beautiful area that attracts people, such as a beach, then you have to accept that people will be wandering past. Or was the beach not there when they purchased thee house?
I would think that the reason they are not there on certain days is because the weather is too bad to be on the beach itself, but a park area would be a good substitute, better than sitting in watching TV don't you think? While I don't agree with parking on other people's property (although surely if they own the grass they would have the right to stop this happening?) I also think that if you buy a property close to a beautiful area that attracts people, such as a beach, then you have to accept that people will be wandering past. Or was the beach not there when they purchased thee house? Kernowkarmann
  • Score: 9

8:59pm Mon 17 Feb 14

juwhite says...

Cars have always parked in the road that leads around the back of the pool and they park on the road itself there is only one bit of grass where sometimes Ive seen cars park but the houses are set well back from it. In fact I don't know of any houses unless they are the new ones where you can actually see the gardens from the road!! Years ago we had a cart track there and also boats on the pool itself. Something that is open all year round for children is a great idea as in winter there are so many dogs on the beach. I suffer from people parking outside my property to visit the town but its one of those things I have to put up with. The cars do not park on property owners land and as said above the owners would be in their rights to stop them. There are no parking restrictions here either so if you don't like it move!!!! You knew the beach was there when you moved and lets be honest I would think there was more intrusion from the new homes been built than there will be by this.
Cars have always parked in the road that leads around the back of the pool and they park on the road itself there is only one bit of grass where sometimes Ive seen cars park but the houses are set well back from it. In fact I don't know of any houses unless they are the new ones where you can actually see the gardens from the road!! Years ago we had a cart track there and also boats on the pool itself. Something that is open all year round for children is a great idea as in winter there are so many dogs on the beach. I suffer from people parking outside my property to visit the town but its one of those things I have to put up with. The cars do not park on property owners land and as said above the owners would be in their rights to stop them. There are no parking restrictions here either so if you don't like it move!!!! You knew the beach was there when you moved and lets be honest I would think there was more intrusion from the new homes been built than there will be by this. juwhite
  • Score: 6

11:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

minimal says...

“We see the nature reserve and Swanpool as a real jewel in our crown and something we want to make a lot more of,”

Perhaps Swanpool Beach Ltd should help to do something about the huge amount of litter that is always in & around the pool and beach. This would seem to be fair as they are wanting to further exploit the natural beauty of the area.
“We see the nature reserve and Swanpool as a real jewel in our crown and something we want to make a lot more of,” Perhaps Swanpool Beach Ltd should help to do something about the huge amount of litter that is always in & around the pool and beach. This would seem to be fair as they are wanting to further exploit the natural beauty of the area. minimal
  • Score: 4

8:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ElevenEleven says...

It would be great if they could make the parking free at Swanpool. They have a massive car park which is rarely full and it would ease congestion along the main road on the rare sunny days we get. It would also surely encourage more people to the beach to use the café/play area/crazy golf e.t.c.?
It would be great if they could make the parking free at Swanpool. They have a massive car park which is rarely full and it would ease congestion along the main road on the rare sunny days we get. It would also surely encourage more people to the beach to use the café/play area/crazy golf e.t.c.? ElevenEleven
  • Score: 4

1:04pm Wed 19 Feb 14

GrahamHarris says...

How bizarre that within these very same pages there is another story of an 'adventure playground' in Falmouth being closed because of 'faeces, drugs and damage and here is one about to be opened!

Let's hope that a new one can be treated with a bit of respect and enjoyed!
How bizarre that within these very same pages there is another story of an 'adventure playground' in Falmouth being closed because of 'faeces, drugs and damage and here is one about to be opened! Let's hope that a new one can be treated with a bit of respect and enjoyed! GrahamHarris
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Cyber Pasty says...

I am for the idea. It is a great area and its another reason besides the beach to get the children outside. I cant remember the price of parking in the carpark but with the condition of it I feel a 50p charge is enough for the day. Parking around the area will be like this until lines are painted etc. Bring on the thumbs down!
I am for the idea. It is a great area and its another reason besides the beach to get the children outside. I cant remember the price of parking in the carpark but with the condition of it I feel a 50p charge is enough for the day. Parking around the area will be like this until lines are painted etc. Bring on the thumbs down! Cyber Pasty
  • Score: 3

12:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

molesworth says...

It's a great idea. I think it will enhance the area. It's not exactly pretty at the moment and it sounds like new developments will be sympathetic. While they're at it maybe they should scat down the Indeba or whatever it's called this year and replace it with a building that befits such an amazing position.
It's a great idea. I think it will enhance the area. It's not exactly pretty at the moment and it sounds like new developments will be sympathetic. While they're at it maybe they should scat down the Indeba or whatever it's called this year and replace it with a building that befits such an amazing position. molesworth
  • Score: 3

8:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

RobFal says...

All seems a bit fishy to me..
All seems a bit fishy to me.. RobFal
  • Score: 1

1:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thehound says...

I think this is a great idea. You can never have too many play areas for the kids. I'd much rather have a free adventure playground next to the beach than a pricey bouncy castle ON the beach.
I think this is a great idea. You can never have too many play areas for the kids. I'd much rather have a free adventure playground next to the beach than a pricey bouncy castle ON the beach. thehound
  • Score: 1

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