Here are the concept plans and our summary information about the playground development at Stoke Lodge.

Stoke Lodge Car Park Refurbishment (761.4 KiB)

Stoke Lodge Playground Briefing V1 20th Feb 2014 (18.4 KiB)

Stoke Lodge Proposed Play Area (2.4 MiB)

Playground Development at Stoke Lodge

Background:

  • In November 2012 the development of a play area on the Stoke Lodge playing fields site was agreed by local Councillors at a the Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury on Trym Neighbourhood Committee meeting.
  • In July 2013 a meeting was held at Stoke Lodge to discuss the project in relation to the Adult Learning Service. A number of issues were raised at the meeting including car parking, tree protection, pedestrian access and security.
  • In September 2013 a consultation event was held at Stoke Lodge to get feedback on the type of play facilities and equipment that should be in the park. Local residents were also invited to attend.

Where are we now?

The advancement of this project was recently brought to the attention of staff by learners.

Last Friday staff met with the local Neighbourhood partnership coordinator to get some background information and more detailed plans. We also took this opportunity to ask some more questions. At this stage, based on the information we have obtained, we feel:

Advantages

The development of a new play facility will offer a fantastic resource for the local community and encourage more people to make use of the wider Stoke Lodge facilities.

  • The play area is intended as a local facility that will mainly attract families from the immediate area.
  • The Adult Learning Service will benefit from improvements to the car parking facilities

Risks and issues

  • There will be a reduction in car parking as a result of the scheme.  The development plans show 28 marked spaces in the front car park and 2 bays for disabled people near the play park entrance and 7 marked spaces in the rear car park. There are currently 36 marked spaces in the front car park plus 24 spaces used in the rear car park (not marked). Many Stoke Lodge learners are older people with reduced mobility who depend on using cars to travel to classes. We also know our disabled learners value the access to parking highly.
  • There is likely to be some use of the Stoke Lodge toilet facilities resulting in some increased revenue costs.

In conclusion:

We can see many benefits to the development of new play facilities and would welcome the opportunity to encourage more and new people to share in the fantastic green space around the Stoke Lodge centre as well as the opportunity to introduce more people to the learning activities on offer.

We have been tasked with growing and developing the Adult Learning Service into a financially secure and competitive business and access to car parking is a unique selling point that is important to our success.   When our classrooms are all in use around 150 adults are on site at any one time.  Our research shows our current car park is full or almost full when courses are running.

Proposed solution:

  • The car parking layout is urgently reviewed including looking at the option to expand the rear car park as part of the scheme in order to increase the total number of car parking spaces on site.
  • Further discussion takes place in relation to options for toilet facilities in relation to access and potential cost increases.

What are we doing?

  • We are talking to elected members and council officers about our concerns and proposed solutions.
  • We will be attending the next Neighbourhood Partnership meeting where the car park plans are scheduled to be tabled for approval. Monday 10 March 2014, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Red Maids School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW.
  • We are sharing the latest plans and information with learners through ‘in the loop’, on our website and on display at Stoke Lodge to allow learners to have their say.

How can you comment and share your views?

You can attend the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on Monday 10 March 2014, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Red Maids School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW.

You can contact gary.brentnall@bristol.gov.uk by email with your comments and questions.