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By Donald Turvill
Moffat
New look planned for Moffatasia feature

PLANS to remove an interactive water feature from Moffat’s Station Park and install sand and water play equipment in its place have been revealed.

Moffatasia has been out of use for several years due to faults, with electricians from Dumfries and Galloway Council concluding last year that the feature was beyond repair.

Moffat and District Community Council (MDCC) announced this week that its Station Park Regeneration Group have been working with the local authority to think-up alternative designs for the park.

The group said that after considering feedback from local residents, it will be proposed that Moffatasia is replaced with a scheme similar to the inclusive playpark at Catherine Street in Dumfries, which they said “has proved very popular”.

MDCC added in a statement: “This inclusive play area would incorporate both sand and water play and could be used more frequently throughout the year.

“We would be keen to learn the views of local people to ensure that the majority are supportive of this project.

“Consultation previously took place online in January 2018 via a questionnaire, and at various events including coffee mornings in September 2018 and 2019; park fun days May 2018 and 2019 and at an MDCC information event in February 2019.

“Information was also displayed on our Facebook page regarding a number of projects within the park, including the intention to repair the original water play feature. People were clear at that time that they wanted to see the water feature enhanced and made more interesting/exciting for children, and also incorporate additional landscaping around it, such as boulders, which would also enhance play value.”

They said the proposal put forward this week “meets all of the above”, but added that feedback is being welcomed.

  • To give your thoughts on the new scheme visit the MDCC Facebook page or email the council’s community assets manager, Nicola Simpson, at [email protected]

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