Children’s ideas for outdated play areas win £157,000 funding for Axminster

Two outdated play areas in Axminster are to benefit from new facilities – designed by local children. A total of £157,000 worth of improvements will be delivered.

East Devon District Council has announced this afternoon (September 4) that play areas in Foxhill and Loretto Road will receive the funding and a fresh lease of life.

New equipment at both locations should be installed and ready for use by the end of the year.

The council says £105,000 of the funding for the £120,000 Foxhills play area has come from its main budgets. The remaining £15,000 is Section 106 money, which comes from developers who have built new homes in Axminster.

The £37,000 for Loretto Road is all Section 106 money, prioritised for that play area by Axminster Town Council.

Children and young people of all ages were asked what activities they would like to see in the play areas.

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 across three sites.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Both play areas desperately needed renewing, which is why we allocated £157,000 to them.

“The new designs look very exciting. 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.”

Axminster Town ward member, Councillor Andrew Moulding, said: “I am extremely pleased that East Devon District Council has been able to involve local children in the selection of equipment for play areas in Foxhill and Loretto Road. I am sure that these brilliantly designed play areas will be well received by young people of all ages.”

Councillor Ian Hall added: “I am over the moon that all corners of Axminster will now have fantastic play facilities that will be appreciated and used by the wonderful young people of our community.

“Many thanks to the officers at East Devon who have been instrumental in getting us to this point and a special thanks to the children of Axminster in picking these fantastic designs.”

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