Sidbury’s ‘sorry-looking’ park gets £45k facelift to encourage kids to play outside

Kids’ park had ‘seen better days’ before the £45k refurb

A Sidbury man who took the council to task over a sorry-looking park hopes its £45,000 facelift will encourage kids away from computers to play in the fresh air.

Dan Turner said people power prompted East Devon District Council (EDDC) to invest in the long-overdue overhaul of the Furzehill park play equipment.

Mr Turner said the park had ‘seen better days’ and emailed his local councillor on behalf of generations of children to come.

He said: “I hope the children will continue to love and appreciate the new equipment, but most of all to bring them together, away from computers and into the fresh air.

“This project truly shows what a resident can do for a community, all stemming from my simple email to my local councillor offering my comments on a site that I felt had seen better days and could be afforded a new lease of life for generations of children in the future.”

The park’s play equipment was given an overhaul after EDDC secured a £30,000 grant, added to £15,000 from the Keith Owen Fund for a zip wire.

Sidbury councillor David Barratt said: “Dan had seen refurbished play areas elsewhere and we both agreed that the outdated and sorry-looking play area at Furzehill was long overdue a facelift.”

He added: “Immense thanks should also go to The Sid Vale Association’s Keith Owen Fund for putting the icing on the cake with their grant for the zip wire.”

In Honiton, play areas at St Marks Road and Glen Farm benefitted from the district council investing £130,000.

Councillor Jenny Brown, ward member for Honiton St Michael’s, said: “Following the consultation with local children, a lacklustre play area has been transformed into a modern and innovative play space for the children of Honiton to enjoy for many years to come.”

Youngsters from Sidbury Primary School, Littletown Primary Academy, Little Ones Nursery, both in Honiton, Honiton Primary School, Honiton Youth Club and Honiton Baby and Toddler

Group were invited to put their ideas forward as part of the council consultation process.
The council said the children’s help was ‘invaluable in pinpointing favourite activities and equipment.

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