Ilfracombe’s Princess Avenue play area has been closed from today (Thursday) as it undergoes a makeover.

The park’s old play equipment is being replaced by a new safety surface and new, inclusive equipment.

More than £45,000 of Section 106 (S106) contributions from the town’s Shields development is helping to fund the project.

North Devon Council has appointed TK Play to carry out the work, which should be complete by the end of September.

Executive member for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “We know this play area is very popular with local children, particularly those attending the neighbouring school, so I’m really pleased we’re able to use Section 106 money to improve the equipment.

“I’m sure park users will be pleased with the results when the play area reopens later next month.”

Section 106 is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications.

The money can only be used for certain things, but is mainly for public open space projects.