Improving facilities in Walton

Care home planned for Walton
Care home planned for Walton

A PLAYGROUND will be upgraded as parish councillors work towards giving children better facilities in Walton.

At their last meeting, parish councillors agreed to get moving with the project at a playground on the former primary school site on School Lane.

Clerk to the council David Plaut said the playground was cherished by both villagers and visiting children, but had been needing repairs for a few years.

He said: “Many, many people use it, from all over the village and outside the village.

“It’s about to be painted, and we’d really just like to upgrade the level of facilities really so that it’s better for children to play in.”

At their last meeting in July, parish councillors said a risk assessment had been carried out at the playground and that they had bought a DIY repair kit for some of the equipment.

They are also looking into refurbishing the kitchen at Walton Village Hall, which is used by community groups and for events and functions.

And parish councillors are still awaiting information about plans to build a 129-unit care village on land between TheGrove and The Balk.

Councillors and villagers had objected to proposals for a larger care home in 2010 as they strived to protect their village status.

But they spoke in support of the current application last year, when developers announced they would look to use the land for a travellers’ campsite.

Mr Plaut added: “Last we heard the owners were in negotiations with some developers, but we’re still waiting for more