‘Old and unsafe’ children’s play area in Exmouth to be given £100,000 revamp

An ‘old and unsafe’ children’s play area in Brixington is to be given a £100,000 makeover.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says it will revamp the Redgates facility, off Dukes Crescent and Prince of Wales Drive, Brixington, with ‘modern and exciting’ new equipment.

It will have a ‘castles and pirates’ theme and include two trampolines set in the ground, a pirate ship with slides and climbing activities.

A large castle climbing frame, a zip-track ride and a big seesaw will also feature.

The Exmouth play area overhaul is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

EDDC talked to children and young people to help understand what they would like – with most popular requests sent to play equipment suppliers.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This large play area was looking very old and parts of it were becoming unsafe, which is why we allocated £100,000 to renewing it.

“Thanks to all the local children and young people who took part in the consultation.

“This process is essential in helping us ensure we provide what the children want.

“The children will play on the equipment when it’s installed and will be able to say that they helped design the play areas they’re having fun on.”

Firms competed to provide the best designs across three East Devon sites before Kompan was appointed to manufacture and construct the new play areas.

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