Study reveals wish list for Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford

The Salts recreation ground Seaford E31146P
The Salts recreation ground Seaford E31146P

An improved children’s play area was revealed as one of the top priorities for visitors to the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford in a consultation carried out by Seaford Town Council.

The consultation looked at other activities offered at the park, just off the seafront and asked residents what they would like to see changed at the park.

A working group of councillors from the town council has now been formed to help council officers to develop layout and designs, estimated costs for the various elements the public have requested and ideas about how to fund the project.

The town council is estimating could cost around £350,000 to carry out all the improvements.

The next step will be for the councillors to report back to the community services committee in November with their progress.

The working group will also identify the priorities for work in the park. Top of the list is to replace the children’s play area and to remove the bark safety surface, using a rubber material for the floor instead.

The bark surfacing was seen as unhygeienic and messy for children to play on during wet weather.

Residents who took part in the consultation also asked for a broader age range to be catered for and a better separation of equipment targeted at specific age groups.

The skate park was another area where visitors wanted to see some changes.

Residents said the age range found at the skate park could often be intimidating for younger skaters, dangerous and obstructive for older more talented skaters.

Lewes District Council’s cabinet this week looked at providing a skate park on land at Walmer Road Recreation Ground, but concluded that this would be the wrong location for a skate park, given its proximity to homes and cramped nature of the park.

Instead it decided to continue discussions with the town council about where the best place would be to build a new skate park.

Tennis, basketball and five a side courts were all in urgent need of resurfacing, according to the consultation.

Some people also raised thae fact that the skate park close by caused a disturbance to playing tennis.

Visitors liked having a cafe at the park, but people wanted to see a better building and service.

Residents in Beach Close raised concerns about the sports courts and new skating facilities being too close to their homes.