Enhancement Plans Approved For East Devon’s Play Parks
By Sofy Robertson
Enhancement plans for twenty-four projects in East Devon have been approved by council officers.
Improvements to play parks in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Axminster, Seaton and Honiton will be made by 2023 after the schemes were added to the council’s capital programme.
These projects, along with improvements to East Devon car parks and coastal defences, were unanimously agreed to be added at the cabinet meeting. The funding of the schemes totals in excess of £2.27m, although not all of the funding comes directly from East Devon council.
Also included in the projects proposed are a summer camper van parking facility in Exmouth and an upgrade of the IT system that councillors use.
As yet, there is no date of completion for the work on the twenty-four projects.
Cllr Phillip Skinner, deputy leader of the council, expressed his support of the projects at the meeting. He felt it was wonderful news that more than £1m of discretionary funding was to be spent on improving play parks in the region. This figure does not include the £150,000 spent last year on the Phear Park skatepark. Cllr Geoff Pook added:
“Over £1m of money is being put into play parks so we are doing a lot for our residents, so let us celebrate what we are doing.” (Radio Exe)
The council has also announced that £130,000 work on improvements in the St Marks and Glen Farm play areas in Honiton will begin this month.
The two newly designed play areas will provide a range of exciting activities requested by children and young people, with new rope climbing structures, trampolines, group swings and track riders.
Projects that have been added to the council’s capital programme include:
- £100,000 enhancement to Brixington play area in Exmouth (£6985 part-funded externally)
- 150,000 improvement to Budleigh Salterton skate park (£35,000 part-funded externally)
- £75,000 enhancement of Honiton’s Cherry Close play area
- £120,000 enhancement of Axminster’s Fox Hill play area (£14,845 part-funded externally)
- £100,000 enhancement of Exmouth’s Redgates play area (£3281 part-funded externally)
- £100,000 enhancement of Seaton’s Seafield Gardens play area
- £200,000 to replace equipment in Seaton skate park