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22nd May, 2022

Work to revamp Malvern's Priory Park play area delayed after contractor quits

WORK to revamp Malvern’s Priory Park play area which was due to be completed in time for the school summer holidays has been delayed after the chosen contractor dropped out of the project.

Attempts have been made by Malvern Hills District Council to find another company to carry out the £500,000 scheme but none have been able to undertake the work for the agreed budget.

The authority said it was now working on a revised plan for the play area as part of a wider vision for Priory Park.

The proposals in the original plan included playable water fountains, a slide, trampoline and balancing equipment.

In 2016 more than 440 people responded to a public consultation on the future of the play area with a third rating it as poor to very poor and two thirds branding it ‘too small’.

The top features people wanted to see in a new play area included water play, swings, a climbing frame and a climbing wall.

Coun Sarah Rouse, Malvern Hills District Council leader, said: “We’re disappointed we have not been able to deliver the play area as promised for reasons outside of our control.

“However, we recognise the public gave us a clear message that the play area needs updating and we will deliver on that, whilst ensuring value for taxpayers.

“Our new plan is looking at how we improve the experience for all users to make Priory Park a go-to destination for residents and visitors of every age.”

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