Park suggestions raise eyebrows

Exercise equipment, a petting zoo, electric trains - and a cappuccino machine - are just some of the varied ideas put forward as new facilities for Ferryden’s park.

The village community council is considering how local children could be encouraged to make the most of the park, which member Rose Mallie described recently as “poor”.

It was decided to consult with the children themselves, and while chairman Gordon Brown approached local youth groups for their views, secretary Gordon Paterson put the question to the Ferryden School’s PTA.

The pupil council has now put forward its own ideas which are wide ranging, some of which are more practical than others. At last Thursday’s meeting Mr Paterson said that 19 suggestions have been made so far.

He said: “Some are pretty good but some are way out there. They include having the goal posts returned, a tyre swing and climbing frames.

But we’ve also had suggestions of a climbing wall, a burger van and a cappuccino machine.

“Children must be a lot more sophisticated these days.”

Although preliminary contact has been made with an equipment supplier, funding sources will still have to be explored.