Funding secured for new Bideford fortress

Work on new play area at popular park to start this month

WORK on a new fortress is to begin in Bideford later this month.

The bespoke item of play equipment will be built on the eastern embankment of Victoria Park, allowing youngsters to enter it above the main park ground level and survey the surroundings from on high.

The four-metre-high by eight-metre-wide play area will have wheelchair access and provide play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.

Funding has been secured by Torridge District Council’s Culture and Leisure Services team following consultation with local children, families and care workers.

The project is being undertaken by local firm Playbroker, who have undertaken many similar projects across Devon including the most recent development at South Molton.

Lead member for youth and play, Councillor Roger Johnson, said: “This is exactly what is needed in Bideford – an extra provision for children of all ages that allows them to play together in a fun and safe environment.

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“The leisure team at Torridge has worked very hard in getting this funding which we’ve put together with money from the Big Lottery, and I hope that the young people in Bideford will get maximum enjoyment from the new fort.

“The only problem might be keeping the mums and dads out of it.”

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