Parish Council celebrates taking over community play space

Families in Gloweth will soon be able to enjoy an upgraded play area now that ownership and management of Chyvelah Ope play area has transferred to Kenwyn Parish Council, bringing it closer to the local community it serves.

Cornwall Council’s Localism and Legal Teams have been working alongside Kenwyn Parish Council and Councillor Dulcie Tudor, the Divisional Member for Threemilestone and Gloweth, to bring this about.

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Councillor Tudor said: “Residents brought this forgotten and run down area to my attention during the local elections two years ago. Rectifying the situation hasn’t been easy.

“When the developer of the housing estate went bust a corner of the play park was left in a legal ‘no man’s land’ so Cornwall Council were unable to transfer the land to Kenwyn Parish Council.

“After some legal wrangling this has now been resolved and I’m very pleased that Kenwyn Parish Council are finally able to do what they wanted to do for years and take ownership.”

Kenwyn Parish Council said: “Kenwyn Parish Council is delighted that we have now taken ownership of the playing field. It is wonderful to find that with co-operation mutual goals can be achieved that benefit the community at large. We will be engaging in public consultation soon to see how best to use the space.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods said: “Transferring management of community buildings and spaces in this way allows local communities to have a direct input in what is on offer from their local facilities and services.

“The hard work of all those involved means that families in this community will have a much improved community space for children to run around in and play”

This agreement has been developed as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which supports parish and town councils, and communities, to take over local ownership, management and control of services for the benefit of local residents.

Similar devolution projects are being developed across Cornwall which involves Cornwall Council’s Localism Team actively working with communities. You can find out more information on devolution on the council's web pages.  

Posted on 16 May