New youth facilities for South Molton

NEXT year will herald a new dawn of fun and facilities for young people in South Molton. While the town s new youth resource centre is on schedule to open in February, a state-of-the-art play park in Central Park looks set to be ready by January. Frithles

NEXT year will herald a new dawn of fun and facilities for young people in South Molton.

While the town's new youth resource centre is on schedule to open in February, a state-of-the-art play park in Central Park looks set to be ready by January.

Frithlestock firm Playbrokers will begin work on the site next month after the �70,000 plans for Central Park were unanimously approved by the town council on Tuesday week.

Director Terry Warrington, whose team has worked on the plans in conjunction with architects from Barnstaple firm David Wilson Partnership, said his firm was proud to be involved in the project.


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"It'll be really special," he said. "I don't think there'll be another park like it in North Devon.

"We're putting in some really exciting and innovative equipment. There are not many around that cater for wheelchair users, but this park will be completely inclusive for all - young and old."

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The majority of the new facility is being paid for by South Molton Town Council with a �20,000 contribution of developers' open spaces money from North Devon Council.

It will feature a raft of play equipment for toddlers, younger children and teenagers, with a below ground trampoline, a rope end swinger and a 6ft bird's nest tree among the features outlined, as well as landscaping and upgrades to existing paths and gateways.

The new-look park will stand alongside the Integrated Youth Resource Centre, which is rapidly taking shape on two of the three tennis courts in Mill Street.

The foundations and steel frame are already complete and once opened, the bespoke centre will provide young people with a multitude of activities, including sports and games, art, music and drama during evenings, weekends and holidays.

The �800,0000 centre will also act as a base for outreach and street-based youth services. Devon County Council's Youth Service will be working with the young people who have contributed to the scheme already and setting up a youth committee to explore the types of programmes and times of operation.

Town and district councillor David Worden said he was thrilled at the progress being made onf the structure: "It's extremely exciting," he said.

"It is a combination of many years of work but once it is completed, the whole area will be a centre of activity for young people; I think it will be the envy of lots of towns and villages all over North Devon.

"The centre will plug a real gap for youth in this area and it's no more than South Molton deserves because we have been waiting for this for a long time.

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