THE public are being asked for their views on plans to refurbish a Basingstoke children’s play area.

As part of its Play Refurbishment Programme, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council plans to upgrade the facilities at Hatch Warren Park.

It has launched a public consultation to help shape the new play space, which is open until Monday, October 16.

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The council said it is focusing on providing a range of new and modern play equipment. However, because of the nature of the site, it said sand and water play “will not be possible”.

It is considering the option of providing what it describes as “an adventurous play trail” at the site, instead of a traditional equipped play area.

Residents are asked what their views are on this and whether they support the idea of an adventurous play trail, or if they would rather see traditional equipment or a combination of the two.

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The council’s questionnaire also asks residents whether they would like the play equipment to be brightly coloured; subtle and natural; or a mixture of the two.

Those taking part in the consultation are asked what sort of equipment they would like to see at the park and to select five from the list of possible options which includes swinging, climbing, hiding, discovering and balancing.