Exmouth play area gets a lifeboat-themed makeover

PUBLISHED: 14:20 21 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:20 21 August 2020

District and town councillors celebrate the upgrades at the Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District Council

District and town councillors celebrate the upgrades at the Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District Council

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An Exmouth play area has a new lease of life after £100,000 worth of modern equipment was installed.

Cllrs Aurora and Brian Bailey at the Brixingotn play area. Picture: East Devon District CouncilCllrs Aurora and Brian Bailey at the Brixingotn play area. Picture: East Devon District Council

The new design has a lifeboat theme and contains all the equipment asked for by children and young people at Brixington Primary Academy and at several community groups that meet at Brixington Community Church.

The most popular requests from the children and young people were sent to a number of play equipment suppliers, who competed to provide the best designs.

After seeing which designs best provided what the children and young people wanted, Proludic was appointed to manufacture and construct the play area, owned and managed by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

The park now boasts trampolines, slides, a zip wire, monkey bars, and climbing frames.

Cllr Geoff Jung trying out the new trampoline. Picture: East Devon District CouncilCllr Geoff Jung trying out the new trampoline. Picture: East Devon District Council

Cllr Cathy Gardner, EDDC chairman, said: “This play area is a dramatic improvement on the old and outdated play area that was there before.

“I’m sure it will be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

“The children that helped decide on the activities did a really good job.

“I’m proud that I was able to officially open this exciting play area with its new lease of life.”

Cllrs Casthy Gardner and Fred Caygill at the Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District CouncilCllrs Casthy Gardner and Fred Caygill at the Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District Council

As well as £100,000 from the district council, some Section 106 money from new housing developments – prioritised by the town council for the Brixington play area – was also used.

Cllr Fred Caygill, chairman of the Exmouth Town Council Section 106 Working Party, said: “The children of the area played a part in the decision-making process of the project in its design stage, which I am sure will give the children and their parents a feeling of ownership in this play area.

“The town and district councils working in partnership will continue to invest S106 money in projects for children and adults that will help promote health and wellbeing, which is very important for all of us.”

Cllr Geoff Jung, district council portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “I’m very pleased that we were able to commit to funding improvements to this play area, which was at the end of its life.”

Cllrs Fred Caygill, Cathy Gardner and Geoff Jung at the play park. Picture: East Devon District CouncilCllrs Fred Caygill, Cathy Gardner and Geoff Jung at the play park. Picture: East Devon District Council

Cllr Fred Caygill trying out the new slide. Picture: East Devon District CouncilCllr Fred Caygill trying out the new slide. Picture: East Devon District Council

Town and district councillor Fred Caygill at the revamped Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District CouncilTown and district councillor Fred Caygill at the revamped Brixington play park. Picture: East Devon District Council

Exmouth town councillor Aurora Bailey. Picture: East Devon District CouncilExmouth town councillor Aurora Bailey. Picture: East Devon District Council

Birixington ward members Cherry Nicholas and Maddy CHapman and district councillor Geoff Jung. Picture: East Devon District CouncilBirixington ward members Cherry Nicholas and Maddy CHapman and district councillor Geoff Jung. Picture: East Devon District Council


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