Feb 1 2013 by Paul Cargill, Perthshire Advertiser
Councillors have approved ambitious plans for the second phase of a major upgrade to Perth’s South Inch.
Perth and Kinross Council’s environment committee heard about proposals to build a brand new play area at the parklands, including an activity trail, a double zip slide and a timber ‘fort’.
Parks development manager Andy Clegg gave a short presentation to councillors outlining the new play area as well addressing concerns such as flooding on the site.
He told the committee’s latest meeting on Wednesday that it was intended that the site would incorporate disused features such as the former South Inch bowling club in the hope it could be brought back into use should interested groups come forward.
Councillor Bob Ellis called the proposals “excellent“ and praised the parks department for their enthusiasm in designing the playground.
“I think the work that is being put into this whole area is going to be really great for getting the kids out there - it’s going to be a really tremendous place for families,” he said.
Cllr Tom Gray asked whether there would be enough seating for adults but Mr Clegg assured him there would be plenty of picnic areas and benching provided in the park.
And Cllr Anne Younger suggested the consultation be more inclusive and involve disabled groups in discussions concerning signage on the site.
Councillors approved the second phase of the upgrade, for which £574,000 has been set aside in the council’s budget, and a formal planning application will now be submitted.
Mr Clegg said he hoped that work on the improved play area could be begin in June and be completed by September, subject to planning permission being granted.
The new park has been designed to reflect PKC’s successful upgrades of other key public parks, including Victoria in Aberfeldy and Larghan in Coupar Angus.