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Play Space - Procurement stage consultation

posted 23 Jul 2013, 13:05 by Unknown user   [ updated 23 Jul 2013, 13:22 ]
The Chorleywood Residents' Association is happy to report that our long ongoing campaign for a new and improved play facility in Chorleywood is now one step closer to reality. 

Just as a reminder, the area under consideration for the new Play Space is "Area 13" as denoted in the Play Space Report, this is the area behind the existing bench just above the permissive parking area near Shepherds Bridge.

The District Council has now gone out to procurement on a possible Play Area facility and has put forward four possible designs for a Play Area facility on the common. Rather than try to explain it all over again, we have just reproduced the text of their recent letter below which explains this consultation process quite clearly.

Text of Letter from Three Rivers District Council delivered to Chorleywood households:

Following consultation in August 2012 and subsequent agreement by both Three Rivers District Council and Chorleywood Parish Council, to install a play space on Chorleywood Common, the procurement process to appoint a suitable company to design and install the play space has commenced. This agreement by the Parish Council is subject to conditions and subsequent final approval by the Planning Inspectorate (this government department’s permission is required to build on Common Land).

The main pre-requisites for all play equipment companies is that the design must be in keeping with the natural surroundings, be constructed of mainly wooden material, will not include fencing (fencing cannot be included on Common Land) and be suitable for children and young people from 0 – 14 years. This is to ensure that the final design will be acceptable to the local community, both the Parish and District Councils but also to the Planning Inspectorate.

As part of this process, the local community are invited to view the design options and to vote on their preferred choice. Alongside the designs, there will also be a map indicating the location for the play space, which is sited next to the permitted car parking area close to Shepherd Bridge.

We would like to encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey, including children, young people and adults.

There are 4 options for the local community to complete the survey:
    1. Visit where there will be further information about the survey, images of the design options and a link to survey monkey in order to complete the survey online.
    2. Complete the paper copy enclosed with this letter – you will need to view the design options, which you can see online at (bottom of the webpage) or in Chorleywood Library. Then return the paper copy to either: Three Rivers District Council offices (in Rickmansworth), Chorleywood Parish Council offices or in the survey box at Chorleywood library.
    3. Visit Chorleywood library to view the proposed design options and then complete the survey on the ‘touch screen’ computer device.
    4. Visit Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 13th July to complete the survey
The consultation period will run from Saturday 13 July to Friday 9 August 2013

Chorleywood Parish Council opening times are:
Monday to Friday: 9am – 1pm

Chorleywood Library opening times are:
Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 2pm – 6pm
Thursday: 9am – 6pm
Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Please note that as detailed at the start of the letter, this project is subject to final approval by the Planning Inspectorate.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte Gomes in the Leisure Dept of Three Rivers District Council on 01923 776611 or email

We have replicated the four designs layouts and equipment proposals below. You can click on any of the images to get a full size image from our Google Docs repository.

Or you can go to the District Council website to download the original PDF documents.

Design Layout A