New play facilities on the horizon for villages near Tring after pressure from parents


New play facilities for children living in Tring’s rural villages could be installed for the first time after pressure from parents living in the area.

Children are now forced to ride their bikes and scooters on footpaths and roads, where they put themselves in danger, Tring Rural Parish Council heard last month.

Two parents complained about having to spend a lot of time driving their children to and from skate parks and other facilities for eight to 16-year-olds in neighbouring areas.

The minutes of the meeting say: “They are worried that their children don’t really have anywhere to go within the parish to go and play.”

But at a meeting the parish council last night, Dacorum Borough Council’s neighbourhood action team leader Joe Guiton said that might not be the case for much longer.

He said: “Dacorum does not have any play space within the Tring rural area.”

But S106 money – which a developer pays to a council to offset any negative effects of building works – will soon be paid to Dacorum Borough Council by Cala Homes.

Parish council chairman Michael Tomlinson said: “This is the first time we have been in this position to even smell an S106 agreement.”

Cala Homes is in the process of building 14 three and four-bedroom houses next to the Grand Union Canal in Wingrave Road, Wilstone.

Mr Guiton said there will be ‘extensive consultation’ between Dacorum Borough Council and people who live in the Tring Rural area about how the S106 should be spent.

He said: “It needs to serve the community that it is there for.”