Ottery children’s play area to get £50,000 revamp including trampoline, zip-wire and climbing pyramid

A children’s play area in Ottery St Mary will get a £50,000 revamp after more than 200 town youngsters helped with the design.

The upgraded facility in Winter’s Lane will feature a ground-level trampoline, 12-metre zip-wire, and 2.4-metre rope climbing pyramid

A slide, climbing area, picnic bench, play puzzle panel, toddler swing and a toddler and parent swing will also feature at the site owned by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

It is hoped the park will be open ready for the spring.

Pupils aged between five and 14 at Ottery Primary School and The King’s School were asked how they would like the five-figure sum to be spent on the play area.

Parents of those aged under five were also asked.

New equipment lined up for the Winter's Lane play area in Ottery St Mary. Image: EDDC

New equipment lined up for the Winter’s Lane play area in Ottery St Mary. Image: EDDC

An artist's impression of the revamped Winter's Lane play area in Ottery St Mary. Image: EDDC

An artist’s impression of the revamped Winter’s Lane play area in Ottery St Mary. Image: EDDC

Several companies were then asked to draw up designs based on what youngsters had asked for. Children then voted on their favourite.

Sutcliffe Play had the most popular design and will now manufacture the equipment, which is all made to order, and install it.

An Ottery Town Council spokesperson said: “Winter’s Lane play park is the first major project for the town council in what promises to be a great year for the youth of Ottery.

“With further work planned for the Land of Canaan park and exciting developments at the Ottery Hub, the town council look forward to consulting with the young people of Ottery St Mary to help us shape the facilities and support that they deserve.”

Councillor Sarah Jackson, EDDC portfolio holder for democracy, transparency and communications, added: “It is a triumph for both the town and district councils, working in partnership, to have consulted so broadly despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

“The consultation has enabled £50,000 of investment to be put to best use, ensuring that the new play facilities appeal to as many local children as possible.

“I want to thank the local schools for their support, and I look forward to the spring when local families can enjoy the newly upgraded play equipment.”

Ottery ward member Cllr Geoff Pratt said: “It is good to see Section 106 monies, received from developers, used to provide much needed new play equipment for the Winter’s Lane play area.”

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