Spaceshaper 9-14 Case-study Castle Batch Park, Worle, Weston-Super- Mare, North Somerset Client: North Somerset Council Play Services Castle Batch Park consists of a large grassed area, existing play equipment, a community youth centre and a play pod (shipping container). The site was part the North Somerset Playbuilder programme and through this had significant funding for redevelopment. During the consultation process the national Playbuilder scheme was scrapped but the local council and community were keen to continue fundraising for planned improvements to the space. Workshop aims To capture the views of ‘older’ young people (8-15 years) who weren't involved in a previous consultation day collect data/views of young people who frequently use the site, to feed into future development/fundraising Inform young people about the MUGA and play sculpture developments planned for the park
The young people felt the space needed to be made safer and more comfortable, be better maintained and have a broader range of activities for a diverse range of people.
Who took part and what happened? Twenty young people from the local community took part the workshop consultation that was delivered during a regular Play Ranger session at the site.
What happened next? A comprehensive Spaceshaper report was compiled by the lead facilitator from the workshop feedback and voting data. This report was disseminated to North Somerset Council and Playworks UK to support them in planning future developments and fundraising for the Castle Batch site.
The event was delivered as a drop-in session with the young people taking part in a carousel of activities led by four adult facilitators and one young cofacilitator. The young people assessed the site through the eight spaceshaper themes, voted on key questions, discussed ‘what makes a good/bad space’ before making suggestions about how Castle Batch Park could be improved.
‘’We need to make the park safer at night time - at the moment there is swearing and fighting and the police have to come down here a lot at night. Better lighting and CCTV would be good’’ Local young person
Groundwork South West and Architecture Centre, Bristol