OWNERS of a Falmouth beach are calling for local support for its plans to build a children’s play area.
Almost 200 people have signed a petition to build the play park on Swanpool Beach car park and a Facebook page has more than 1,100 ‘likes’ in support of the plans.
Esther Lochrie, a director of Swanpool Beach Ltd – the leaseholders of the top half of the beach, the cafe, crazy golf, nature reserve and the car park – is leading the campaign.
The owner of the beach is her father Pete Lochrie.
“Swanpool has been surrounded by family housing in recent years and so many families can walk down, it makes perfect sense to use the ample space on the car park,” said Ms Lochrie.
“Nothing is set in stone yet, it's just a proposal at this stage, but our thinking is the play area would work well on the pool side of the car park, so it would overlook the pool and not take up a huge amount of the car park.
“We see the play area as a way of being able to engage with children and help educate them about the wildlife on the nature reserve.
“The nature reserve is already on many local schools curriculum and if we can try to include an educational element within the play area we hope to be able to ensure that children respect and appreciate the nature reserve as they grow older.
“In terms of timing of when it will be there, we don't know yet, it depends on when and if we are able to get any funding.”
The Swanpool Forum, which is responsible for the management of the nature reserve, will apply for the funding.
Swanpool Beach Ltd would manage and maintain the play area.
Ms Lochrie added: “We have had concerns expressed that it will take up too much of the car park, but we'd like to make it clear the car park can take up to 450 cars and is never entirely full.”