New look for Fremington play area

BEECHFIELD play area in Fremington has got a fresh new look and is now ready to be officially opened. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the local community and North Devon Council the new play area will be unveiled on Saturday of next week at 2pm. North

BEECHFIELD play area in Fremington has got a fresh new look and is now ready to be officially opened.Thanks to a lot of hard work by the local community and North Devon Council the new play area will be unveiled on Saturday of next week at 2pm. North Devon Council helped draw down �35,000 of funding from the BIG Lottery Fund towards the project. Additional money came from Devon County Council, North Devon Council and community fund-raising events organised by Fremington and District Community Development Group.Councillor Dick Jones, district and parish councillor for Fremington Ward, said: " I am so pleased to have been able to support the fantastic achievement by Fremington and District Community Development Group. This is a shining example of community spirit, dedication and hard work. I would like to thank North Devon Council and all the organisations that have helped to make this project happen."Councillor John Gill, district and parish councillor for Fremington Ward, said: " As Ward Member I am delighted that this project has come to fruition. Its wonderful to see how well used the play park is every day. I would like to thank Frank Biederman and the community for all their hard work."Councillor Rodney Cann, Devon County Councillor said: "It has been a really exciting time for youngsters in Fremington with the culmination of many months of hard work by the Fremington community group. "Led by Frank Biederman the group have been inspirational in bringing the local community together to raise what originally looked like an impossible target of over �120,000 to provide the much needed children's play park. As the county councillor for Fremington I have been delighted to be able to play an active part in helping progress the scheme by winning a �60,000 bid from the Exeter Airport Funds and a further �9,000 from North Devon Council. Well done to all who helped make this exciting project happen."Frank Biederman, chairman of Fremington and District Community Development Group, said: "I am hugely proud of what we have achieved and would like to thank the many families, businesses and funding bodies that have supported the group in so many ways. We set out to provide a park that was innovative, inclusive and weatherproof. I feel we have achieved all three of these goals with flying colours. We look forward to seeing the young people of our parish and beyond enjoying the benefits of a first class facility that they deserve. The children have been heavily involved in the planning and fundraising of this project from the start."The play area now includes sensory equipment and an accessible surface for children with special needs, as well as play equipment designed especially for children up to the age of 16. Children from Fremington Primary School also helped to choose the design of the play area after regular consultation with local community groups.


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