Play area up and running after £48k revamp

PUBLISHED: 06:30 31 March 2016

Phear Park play area opening. Ref exe 11-16TI 7524 . Picture: Terry Ife

Phear Park play area opening. Ref exe 11-16TI 7524 . Picture: Terry Ife


A play area in an Exmouth park has been officially reopened, with new equipment costing £48,000.

The facility in Phear Park has been renovated in a joint project by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Exmouth Town Council, using Section 106 funding – money contributed by housing developers for every new home built in the town.

The design had input from youngsters from Exeter Road Primary School, Marpool Primary School, Exmouth Community College and Exmouth Children’s Centre, who decided on the play equipment they wanted the money to be spent on.

Three play area companies then submitted ideas based on the youngsters’ design brief, which then went back out for a final vote to choose the winner.

At the opening, carried out by EDDC chairman Councillor Stuart Hughes and Mayor of Exmouth Councillor Maddy Chapman, pupils from Exeter Road Primary School got to try out the new design, including 13 new pieces of equipment.

These include a trampoline, basket swing, and balancing trail.

Cllr Hughes said: “This project shows just how much collaborative working between town and district councils can achieve and the opening celebrated this partnership perfectly. East Devon is keen to involve communities in projects like this one and to give people a say in how local funding is spent.

“It was very rewarding watching so many children enjoying the equipment that they had chosen and it is immensely satisfying to know that it was paid for by Section 106 funds from new housing developments in Exmouth. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.”

Cllr Chapman said: “It was a wonderful opening of the improvements to the play area in Phear Park and the students really enjoyed all the equipment they voted for.

“Well done to all who worked so hard to bring this about. It goes to show that consultation does work well for the benefit of all.”

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