Upgrade on the way for Bicton Street play area
A POPULAR Barnstaple play park is in line for a ï¿½26,000 upgrade.
Work will begin this summer to install the new equipment, including a special area for toddlers and improved apparatus for older children, at the Bicton Street play area.
The Zephyr Residentsâ€™ Association have been working closely with North Devon Council to secure the money for phase one of the upgrade.
It includes ï¿½1,647 in community councillor grants from Councillor Faye Webber and former Cllr John Wilsher; ï¿½1,000 from North Devon Homes; ï¿½250 from Barnstaple Town Cllr Simon Harvey, ï¿½4,000 from Cllr Brian Greensladeâ€™s Devon County Council community grant; and ï¿½19,599 in Section 106 developer contributions.
Sue Paul, of the Zephyr Residentsâ€™ Association, said: â€œWithout the support of the councilâ€™s leisure and culture team, this project would have not happened. We are incredibly grateful for all their help.â€
North Devon Council ward member, Cllr Adam Bradford, said: â€œI am very impressed by all the hard work Sue and the association have done so far.
â€œSue has shown me all the new equipment that will be installed and Iâ€™m pleased to see plans now starting to take shape.â€
The residents association is now looking for more funding for phase two of the project, which could include more play equipment and the installation of two football goals.
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