New play area gets closed to reality

PUBLISHED: 16:38 09 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 09 July 2013

Children in Woodbury are a step closer to a fantastic new play area – and have chosen for themselves how it should look.

There is £25,000 in the kitty to improve the village green play area, with £17,500 coming from housing developers’ Section-106 funds, and the rest coming from the parish council.

Children at Woodbury C of E Primary School and Woodbury Pre-school had a choice of three designs to vote for, based on feedback given by children at the primary school earlier in the year.

The winning design includes a basket swing, climbing frame and a spinning item.

Having been ratified by the parish council, it will now be rubber-stamped by East Devon District Council so that work can go ahead ordering and installing the playground.

Parish councillor Cheryl McGauley said: “It’s really exciting that the children of Woodbury are getting the new play area they really want.

“It’s been so rewarding to see this whole process from beginning to end, from finding the money and asking the children what they want to now actually seeing it happen!

“Woodbury is a rural village so doesn’t have a lot for its children to do. I hope they all come and enjoy the new play area.”

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC portfolio holder for environment, said: “I’ll be watching the work happen at the play park with great interest. It will be a great improvement on what was there before!

“Thanks go to all the children who had their say and designed and chose the play area.”

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