Plans to upgrade two play areas in Thurso

4th May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

A group of Thurso women want to raise funds to improve the play areas in two parts of the town.

Leanda Courtney and Ashleigh Sutherland – representatives of the group – outlined their plans at a meeting of the local community council on Tuesday night.

They said the facilities at play areas in the Mount Pleasant and Dunnet Road areas of Thurso are inadequate and in a poor condition.

Highland Council is unable to provide any funding to improve or extend the equipment because of cutbacks so the women are hoping to undertake the task.

Ms Courtney said a questionnaire has been sent out to gauge support for the initiative.

“So far, we have had 60 returned and the response has been quite good. We know we have a lot of hard work to do to achieve this year but we are determined to get it done,” she said.
Ms Courtney said there is “nothing in the play area for the little ones” and stressed what the group wants to see built is “a range of equipment for all ages.”

Ms Sutherland said the play area in the Dunnet Road area only has a swing, a chute and a tunnel. There are also safety issues and no gates at the site which is close to a car park. “It is not somewhere you would take kids to,” she said.

The group has been in contact with the parents in Castletown who were behind a major project to improve and replace equipment at the play park in the village.

“We have been speaking to them to see how they did it. They did an absolutely fantastic job, as did the people in Keiss,” said Ms Courtney.

The Thurso group has also been in contact with companies which undertake such work and is hoping to get costings for the project and come up with designs for the play areas.

The community council backed the project and agreed to support it.

Don Smith pointed out that revenue from the landfill tax was to be used for play parks but the only one which appears to have benefited was Pennyland.

It was suggested that the group could approach the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund for financial assistance. Help may also be provided by the Baillie and Spittal wind farm community benefit funds, it was suggested.

John O'Groat Journal