There was an inspection carried out on the Northview Play Area recently by The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at which the following pieces of equipment were condemned:  Zip Wire, Slide and Mobliss.

When Swindon Borough Council installed the equipment, it made the choice to include a Zip Wire into the play area, however this was not the ideal piece of equipment for the location. The Zip Wire was located at the bottom of the hill where the water runs to its lowest point and the water table is very close to the surface. This causes the supporting beams to rot very quickly and require replacing on a regular basis. The equipment is also used by adults, for which it is not designed, which causes repeated damage to its running gear and RoSPA state that it is not safe to use because of the slope and its position. The maintenance cost on this equipment and its re-location is far too expensive and it is to be removed entirely. The Slide suffers from its age, but can be salvaged. RoSPA agreed that if it is shortened and embedded directly into the grass embankment it will continue to have a long life. Repair work is to be carried out on the Mobliss which is salvageable. The Northview Working Party is considering additional pieces of equipment for the Play Area which is expected to include two benches. Work for this is hoped to commence in May 2018.

David Lane

Town Clerk