Work has started on the play area

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters!

The creation of a new children’s playground in Aireville Park has begun.  Together with Craven District Council, we have raised a total of £160,000 so far, with generous grants and donations from a range of organisations, businesses and individuals.

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Yorventure gave a grant of £48,700 to the project for a large selection of play equipment, and focus on the woodland area.

Skipton BID have given a grant of £7,500 to the playground, which will pay for a “Wobbly Sheep” play sculpture and musical play equipment.

Walk For Jodie, set up in memory of Jodie Willsher, has raised almost £5,000, which will pay for the playground sandpit and a bench.

The council has contributed capital funding of £15,810 to the project, along with £52,791 of planning gain, with a further £62,500 of planning gain which will go towards Phase Two of the project.

A zip wire has already been installed at the top end of the park, paid for with £12,000 from Tesco Bags of Help. The Tesco scheme has also given another £4,000 grant to provide a wooden tractor in the play area.

We have received funding from Craven Trust, Tarn Moor Trust, Grandmaster, Skipton Mechanics’ Institute, the Police and Crime Commissioner Fund, and local councillors Chris Harbron, Andy Solloway and John Dawson via their Ward Member Grant.

Several local businesses and members of the community have also been sponsoring or making donations towards the new play area, including local companies Holt Doctors Ltd, J N Bentley, Mewies Solicitors, Peter Watson Ltd and Skipton Self Drive Hire, Keelham Farm Shop, RKB Electrical Ltd, Keelham Farm shop and Walker Foster Solicitors.

Skipton Craven Rotary Club donated £813 for benches in the area. Skipton Rotary Club also raised £1,200 from their bike auction, and own funds for the play area.

Skipton Ukulele Club have also been fundraising for the Friends of Aireville Park and have raised more than £1,000 for the scheme.

Water Street Primary School, Otley Street Nursery and Christ Church School all donated to the play area.   Pupils dressed up in Green for the Park

People in Skipton have helped with cake sales, coffee mornings, and cafes, including  Trinity Methodist and Skipton Building Society staff.

Work started on Monday, October 8, and contractors have started landscaping the area of the park between the zip wire and the bandstand, in preparation for the new equipment to be installed.

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Craven District Council Budget Consultation 2019/20 – Have your say!

Craven District Council want to hear your views about how they spend Your money. As FOAP we have made a Committee response, which we have shared with you below.

But we would encourage you all to fill in the questionnaire as individual residents too and have your say, and if you feel that Aireville Park is important as we do, please let them know, and feel free to use our response for any inspiration.

The survey takes less than 15 mins to complete and the deadline for responses is midnight Sunday 14th October 2018 and is available to view here

 

As the Friends of Aireville Park (FOAP) we appreciate that the council faces continued cuts and financial pressures but we would like to clearly state that FOAP are a small group of volunteers who juggle this role alongside family commitments and other paid employment and would not take on the responsibility of landowner or service provider for Aireville Park. Frankly, we do not have the relevant resources, experience or skills to replace the number of Craven District Council Officers and departments that currently cover Aireville Park.

We can continue to support the Council and fund raise toward the capital costs of improving Aireville Park and would like to see a continued commitment and financial forecasting from the Council within this budget to cover the ongoing revenue and maintenance costs of both existing and any new assets. Including the new play area, that was identified by, and delivered as part of the agreed Aireville Park master plan.

As we have highlighted with previous consultation responses to the Draft Local Plan and previous budgets, Craven District Council now have an agreed Master Plan for the park, developed after widespread stakeholder consultation. With increased development proposed, and here prioritised, for the District we want to ensure that as well as improvements to the park for local people there are sufficient resources for these to be managed in a sustainable way so that any increased pressures in the future from a growing population does not have a negative impact on the park. Aireville Park is a key community asset for the people of Skipton and the surrounding area and also provides an amenity for visitors and tourists from further afield. The new play area will greatly enhance this offer and attract even more visitors. It is an important green space, free and accessible to all, that provides an important health and well-being function for our community.

We hope you will take these comments in to consideration as part of the budget consultation