Children invited to help Sidmouth invest £155,000 in the facelift of two play parks

Schoolchildren and toddlers from Sidmouth will be asked to help with the facelift of two of the town’s play parks.

Sidmouth Town Council has announced refurbishment plans for the Ham and Long Park, and has a total of £155,000 to spend across the two play areas.

Sidmouth councillors leading the project said it was ‘crucial’ children’s views were heard when designing the new look of the two parks.

Youngsters are being invited to give their views until the deadline of Friday, December 11.

Town Councillors Louise Cole and Denise Bickley said: “Children’s’ participation in the project is crucial to its success and young people’s involvement has already led to delivery of the new skatepark which is being built right now.

“Young people’s views will help to shape the designs to be unique to Sidmouth.

“This opportunity comes at a time when children and parents value outdoor play spaces more than ever in helping children to have fun benefiting both their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Christopher Holland, Sidmouth Town Council clerk, said: “The ideas received back will be fed into the brief to be sent to companies that build play areas, who will produce various designs and those very designs will be shown to the children to vote for their favourites.”

The work is being carried out thanks to Section 106 funds – developer donations to the district council for new homes built in Sidmouth – added to town council cash.

Sidmouth Town Council said it has £55,000 to spend at Long Park and £100,000 to spend on the Ham which ‘will enable replacement and refurbishment in both parks.’

The town council will contact schools and pre-schools, inviting youngsters to have their say.

Mr Holland said: “Working with the planning authority East Devon District Council, the town council have asked schools and pre-schools what they would like to see at those play areas.

“After such a difficult year, this is an exciting and hopeful project giving children and parents something to look forward to.”

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