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22256552_1519224548165714_1786740814482454247_o.jpgToday I was proud to open the new play area on Southampton Common. An investment in our play areas and outdoor spaces is an investment in our children’s future. Providing great spaces for kids to get outdoors and for families to get active together is incredibly important and contributes to a child’s healthy development both physically and mentally. I’m sure that many special memories will be made here in the years to come.

Labour is committed to giving all our children the best start in life.  Outdoor play that is accessible to all is a key part of this, and we are proud to see investment in the new Common play area, which is just the latest of many popular new play areas (Mayfield Park in Woolston has been another big success) which we have delivered.

Your new Common Play Area

The new Common Play Area has been developed by Southampton City Council in partnership with specialist playground contractors, Playforce. Construction began earlier this year following extensive consultation with residents, schools and community groups on how they would like the space to be used.

The designers took inspiration from the natural landscape of the Southampton area and the patterns of the Rivers Test and Itchen as they meander through the city, creating an environment close to the city centre which enhances children’s connection with nature.

The play area features a 7.5 metre-high play tower featuring rope bridges, tunnels, scramble nets and a long slide. It also features two zip wires, a variety of swings and new active water play installations for kids to enjoy 365 days a year. 

I was joined by Saints legend Francis Benali who spoke at the event and said: 

"It gives me great pleasure to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Common Play Area. As a young boy growing up I spent endless hours playing on The Common and have so many special memories. I’m delighted that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy this area and create their own happy memories.”  

I look forward to seeing the park in use!

Jacqui Rayment

Councillor for Bevois  and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport 

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You did so much throughout our general election campaign, and in Southampton Itchen you brought us within only 31 votes of winning back the seat for Labour.

Ours is a people powered movement, and together we made such progress, stopping the Conservative government in its tracks. Now is the time to keep on fighting – and you can be part of that fight by coming to our campaign rally in Southampton Itchen at midday on Saturday 15th July. 

The Tories no longer have a mandate for their vicious austerity agenda. By coming along, you will be making a statement – we are the many, they are the few, and we want a fairer Britain.

Attendance is by registration only and full details will be sent to you by the afternoon of Friday 14th July.

Please register by following this link

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Labour Councilor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, reacted to the strong performance of Southampton schools for year six SATs results:

“It’s great to see such strong improvement across the provisional SATs data, so congratulations to pupils for their achievements, and to teachers and parents for their hard work and support.

There are some really promising results, showing that Southampton schools achieve favorably in comparison with national performance, and indeed in some areas we outperform those national averages which is very good news.

At the same time, we recognise that these tests are one snapshot of pupils’ achievements, and there are many other ways that teachers are working hard to help get the best outcomes for our city’s children, so I want to recognise all the progress that’s happening, in addition to SATs.

Our mission to drive continuous improvement in our schools continues and we’re ambitious to improve even more in the coming year.”

 

 

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