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Tinkers Yard consultation

Date consultation closed

31 July 2021


Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council propose to build new pocket park at Tinkers Yard in Norton. 

This consultation was to consult with local residents and neighbouring properties to gain their comments and feedback on the proposed plans. 

Results and outcomes

 The Council received 123 responses:

  • 66% of responses were in favour of the proposal
  • 26% of responses were opposed to the proposal
  • 8% of responses didn't express a view either way

Several common themes were as follows:

  • The footprint of the play area would be on close mown amenity grass, which has low biodiversity value. The Council will continue to support measures which improve the conservation value of Tinkers Yard.
  • The CCTV camera will have software that prevents it from being able to see into residents' properties and houses. The camera will send a continuous live signal to the security and surveillance centre. Residents are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour and vandalism to the police, regardless of when and where it takes place.
  • There will still be room within Tinkers Yard for residents to walk their dogs and enjoy other recreational activities such as informal kick abouts and picnicking.
  • One of the litter bins currently in Tinkers Yard would be relocated to the play area entrance.
  • The play area would be classified as a 'doorstep' play area, which means it would have a small footprint. It is not feasible to accommodate a wider range of age groups within the play area.
  • Accessibility and inclusivity is a key element of the design. It is not feasible to make the play area accessible to all without reducing the play value of the space. The Council will tweak the design to ensure that the play area is as accessible to as many children of different abilities as possible.

Over the next few weeks Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will submit a planning application regarding the play area, residents will again be able to express their views via this process.