Work to start in May or June

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe is to get more new play equipment after being given £25,000 by North Devon Council.

A further £7,000 has been contributed by Ilfracombe ward members through their community councillor grants, as well as Bicclescombe Park Improvement Group (BPIG).

Cllr Mike Edmunds has also contributed £2,000 from his County Councillor grant funding towards the roundabout and the Ilfracombe Lions Club has pledged £1,000.

The council’s parks team will be working with children from Ilfracombe Junior School, BPIG and ward members to choose the final design of the equipment and to select a contractor to carry out the work.

Work is likely to begin in May or June and should take two weeks to complete.

Local ward member, Councillor Geoff Fowler, said: “I’m really pleased our youngsters will have a say into the type of equipment they would like to see in the park.

“It makes my contribution all the more worthwhile to know the items will be well used and will help make Bicclescombe even more attractive to visitors and local families.”

Vanessa Archer from BPIG added: “We are so pleased to be able to complete phase two of the playground equipment.

“We hope everyone can enjoy and take time to visit Bicclescombe Park, grabbing a coffee or ice cream at The Mill whilst they’re here.

“We can only raise money if the tuck shop is open and we can only open if we have volunteers. So if anyone is interested in helping out and becoming a volunteer, please see Gary in the tennis clubhouse.”