PLANS to create an outdoor play area in Redditch Town Centre have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
The former market site, at the back of Debenham’s, will have a range of free play equipment as well as outdoor exercise equipment for adults to use while watching their children play.
The plans, which were approved by Redditch Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday (November 12), are expected to cost about £110,000 and will form part of the legacy of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Redditch as a new town.
Under the deal the Town Centre Partnership – a voluntary group made up of business people and others with an interest in the town centre – will lease the land from the council and it will be locked up at night to prevent any anti-social behaviour.
The group have about six months to raise the funds for the project from the moment the lease is signed, otherwise the land will be returned to the council.
It is hoped the scheme will be funded through a combination of sponsorship, grants and crowdfunding.
Coun Andrew Brazier said it was excellent use of town centre space which had been dead for a long time.
“It is very much needed.”
Coun Joe Baker added: “I think it is an excellent idea, it is nice to see something positive.
“It will encourage families into the town centre and if people are coming in they will bring money to the businesses.”