Playground improvements are about to start as part of £2million parks and pavements programme.

A £500,000 investment into the improvement of eight play areas in the borough is about to start, with local residents being invited to have their say on the proposals.

Alexandra Drive, Blagdon Road, Canbury Gardens, Elm Road, Knollmead, Latchmere, Royal Park Gate and Woodgate Avenue will see enhancements to the environment, improved access and new play equipment.

The engagement process srarted on Monday 21 August and will run until Saturday 15 September. Residents will be invited to take part in online surveys and on site discussions. Local schools and groups will also have the opportunity to comment and shape the proposals.

The works are part of the £2 million parks and pavements improvement programme which was approved at budget council on 28 February 2017. The works include new playground equipment, additional bins and installation of benches for 14 parks across the borough. Ten stretches of pavement will also be resurfaced with new paving, and trees planted on highways around the borough.

New footpaths in Athelstan Recreation Ground on Villiers Road, Raeburn Avenue and The Wood in Surbiton have just been completed. The paths will provide level, safe and dry access around the park, whilst providing the opportunity for physical activity such as jogging or running.

Cllr Phil Doyle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Resident Services, said:

“The improvements to the borough’s parks and pavements will benefit all our residents, from young children and families to the elderly. New play equipment will encourage children to learn and exercise through play, whilst new footpaths and smoother, resurfaced pavements will provide a safe space for people to walk, run and jog.

“We hope these improvements encourage residents to get outdoors and benefit from the open spaces Kingston has to offer.”

All the planned works to the parks and pavements aim to be completed by March 2018. During this time, the council will be advising residents of any works in advance of them taking place to minimise disruption.

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