Splash park attraction for Bletchley could be closer despite objections

A splash park in Gosport
A splash park in Gosport

A ‘splash park’ attraction for Bletchley could move a step closer if Milton Keynes Council agrees to devolve management of land despite residents’ objections.

The park, which would be similar to one in Leighton Buzzard, would be at Rickley Park and would offer water fountains and other fun activities during the summer months.

City councillors have been advised to approve the transfer of ownership of the park to West Bletchley Council when they meet this evening (April 22).

However, the water park proposals by the Bletchley council have sparked a number of objections from neighbouring residents who fear it would attract anti-social behaviour and create parking problems.

One wrote to Milton Keynes Council stating: “The proposal is for a Splash Pool to be located within 1-2 metres of properties with music, sound, bubbles, underground lighting for spring/summer and ‘dry play’ in autumn/winter.

“We would highlight any such application ... would create significant parking issues (and) would cause significant anti-social nuisance to neighbouring residents.”

Minutes from a West Bletchley Council meeting revealed 78 per cent of the 88 people who responded to its household survey had agreed with the principle of establishing a splash park within the parish, though only 51 per cent of respondents agreed with the suggestion that the best location for the splash park was Rickley Park.