Plan for new Plymouth city centre play area in Armada Way
CHILDREN fed up with shopping will have a new city centre play area to entertain them, if Plymouth planners agree.
The play area will be built in Armada Way between British Home Stores and the new street cafés just north of the main public toilets.
The money to pay for the development will come from an agreement between Plymouth City Council and the developers of Drake Circus shopping mall.
When the mall was approved by the city's planning committee in 1999 the developers, P&O Estates and Laing's PLC, agreed to provide a shoppers' crèche – if it was practical.
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The alternative would be to pay the council £50,000 towards the provision of childcare facilities within 500 metres of the development boundary.
When Drake Circus was finished in 2007 the developer said it was not practical to deliver the crèche and subsequently paid the council £50,000.
Now members of the planning committee, who meet this Thursday, are being asked to amend the agreement to use the money for a play area instead.
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Councillors will be told that £50,000 is too little to set up and run professional childcare facilities.
The city centre has only one small formal children's play area, in New George Street near Tesco, where wooden animals are set on a raised area of hard-standing.
This area is too small and is compromised by service vehicles driving to the neighbouring stores.