Children’s Playground - The Playground currently remains closed
Following the updated government guidelines
in relation to the opening of playgrounds, the Parish council have reviewed and considered the guidelines and requirements to reopen the playground.
The Parish council’s current decision is that the playground remains closed due to not being able to meet all the criteria of the guidelines, and in particular to ‘manage any potential risk, cleaning high traffic touch points frequently’.
The Parish council realises the frustration that this will cause and sincerely apologises for the inconvenience it will cause, but it is not possible at the moment to reopen the children's playground in a way to support the community in working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Parish council will continue to review the situation regularly.
Godstone Green is an area of common land situated in the centre of Godstone Village and was given to Godstone Parish Council by Sir Peter Greenwell in 1950.
The Green comprises a grassed area bordered on all sides by a variety of trees, notably some venerable Horse Chestnuts.
Facilities include a sports pavilion, a football pitch, cricket square, childrens play area, and a boules pitch. In addition tennis and bowling are catered for in an area south of the Green.
The Green is a venue for a number of events such as occasional funfairs and a very popular Village Fete and Donkey Derby held every August Bank Holiday. In 2012 the Green hosted a special event for the Queen's Golden Jubilee and later on large crowds witnessed the Olympic Flame passing through the village.
In earlier times the pond on Godstone Green was used as a horse-pond with a sloping bank down which the wagoners drove their horses. To-day the pond has a brick surround and a central island. Although fed solely by surface drainage, it attracts a variety of bird life and is a much-loved feature. In periods of drought the water can get quite low and unfortunately there is little that can be done about this.
A rope making business used to operate on the Green until the beginning of the 20th Century and until recent times the old Rope Walk could still be seen faintly.
USING THE GREEN TODAY
Councillors encourage the use of the Green.
It is there for the public to enjoy and for the use of Community Events.
Casual Horse and Cycle Riding are not permitted unless as part of an event pre-agreed with the council, this is to ensure the safety of other green users.
All organisations that use the Green must have Public Liability Insurance as it covers the cost of legal action and compensation claims made against your business if a third party is injured.