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THE people of Hadleigh are being asked to put forward their views on any improvements that could be made to the town’s playgrounds.

Both Hadleigh Town Council and Babergh District Council believe the area’s playgrounds are in need of an overhaul and want to hear from residents to see what they think.

Although money has been spent on individual playground projects in recent years, the two councils are reviewing the progress they have made and are launching a consultation, starting on Monday, to explore future developments.

Jo Seymour, Babergh’s horticultural officer, said: “We have had numerous requests from individuals for improvements to the playgrounds in Hadleigh but, before we act on those requests, we want to ensure everyone has had the opportunity to voice their opinion.

“If we are going to spend a substantial amount of money we need to ensure it is spent wisely and pleases as many of our playground users as possible.”

Mrs Seymour said that in order to get a wide range of views she would be visiting youth groups, nurseries and playgroups before the consultation closes at the end of September, while questionnaires would also be available in the town and online.

“We want to reach as many young people who live in Hadleigh as possible and find out what is popular and what isn’t,” she said.

Funding for the project has already been secured through Babergh’s capital programme and further money could be made available from section 106 money – cash secured from developers to offset the impact of building schemes – if there is enough support from residents and playground users.

Questionnaires can be found at the district and town council offices, Hadleigh Library, Hadleigh Swimming Pool and the sports centre.

To fill in an online questionnaire, visit www.babergh.gov.uk.

For more information contact Jo Seymour on 01472 826654.