How should we spend £45k funding on Hockley Woods playground?

Monday, March 13, 2017


Local families are set to benefit from £45,000 of funding for Hockley Woods playground– and we want your views on how it should be spent!

Rochford District Council is celebrating the news that we will be receiving the funds from Cory Environmental Trust to improve and maintain the popular site. 

A public consultation for this exciting project will run until Sunday 26th March 2017.  The results of this consultation will be used as part of the decision making process as to which design will be implemented.  The aim is to have these new facilities available by the school summer holidays. The playground area remains open in the mean-time. 

The majority of the equipment that is currently in the play area will be retained and repaired.  The hexagonal swings (which are currently out of action) will be removed, as well as the springers, making way for the new equipment.  When we started this project we used information from previous ROSPA inspection reports, previous consultation data and catalogues to come up with a specification for the play area companies to work to.  

In addition to the new play equipment, we will be installing a sun canopy which will have picnic benches underneath. This will provide shelter from both the sun and rain and enable families to enjoy a picnic in a dog-free environment.  The  benches will be made from timber coppiced at Hockley Woods.

The funding for this work has been provided by Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB), an environmental body which supports community and environmental projects, following a successful application from the council’s open spaces team. CETB awards grants under the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), providing funding to a broad range of projects that have as big an impact on the community as possible.  

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring said: “This £45,000 grant will not only restore the Hockley Woods playground, but also develop the area to provide exciting new experiences for local children, and visitors, both now and in the future. 
“The consultation we held about the future of this area attracted 324 responses in just a week, which shows just how much people care about this facility. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those who took part as this had a large part to play in our funding application, and it just goes to show that your views can make a difference.
“Now we want to hear from you again. If you are likely to visit Hockley Woods please tell us what play equipment you would like; this is your opportunity to help decide what type of playground we want for future generations.”

To take part in the consultation go to: