By Ian Dipple Wednesday 09 October 2013 Updated: 09/10 10:35
THE HEAD of the council's leisure services has apologised for the length of time it has taken to install new sport and games equipment in the town's parks.
John Godwin, head of leisure and cultural services, admitted he was embarrassed measures to boost sporting participation in the borough had not been fully implemented 17 months after a review into the issue and recommendations being approved.
He blamed a lack of communication within the leisure services team and suppliers for the delay but added he expected the bulk of the work to be completed by the start of the Easter holidays next year.
Councillors had previously hit out at the delay, particularly the fact concrete tennis tables in Arrow Valley and Morton Stanley parks were not in place until after the school summer holidays had finished.
Boards explaining how to use new sports grids or courts had also not been put up.
"It is a big embarrassment and I know the whole team feel that embarrassment," Mr Godwin told the council's overview and scrutiny committee.
"If you are big on trust and confidence, as I am, and things like this happen then trust and confidence ebbs away and we have to work hard to renew that."
Work to be completed includes the installation of volleyball posts in Arrow Valley and Morton Stanley while softball/rounders diamonds will be incorporated into the new sports grids in both parks along with signs explaining how to use them.
Installing giant chest and drafts boards at Forge Mill Needle Museum is being looked at along with concrete playing tables in parks or the town centre although at £2,700 each it may prove too expensive.
But Mr Godwin said the town's new disc golf course - where people use frisbees instead of clubs and balls - in Arrow Valley Park was proving a hit and work was planned to improve signage and make it easier for people to download scorecards and get advice on how to play.
The creation of two orienteering courses for adults and children early next year was also expected to earn Redditch regional and national recognition, he added.
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