A third play area for Cranbrook, with equipment chosen by local children, moves a step closer with work due to start on 23rd October and the play area due to open in the autumn.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Cranbrook Town Council (CTC) have been working closely together with the two local schools to make this happen and an event to celebrate the opening, with free face painting, will take place on 18th November from 10.30am-12 noon.
EDDC and CTC visited the schools earlier this year to find out what activities and equipment children wanted in the play area which is near the Cranberry Farm pub and Cranbrook Education Campus. The play area has been funded by contributions from developers through Section 106 funding.
The children had a choice of three designs and voted for their favourite, from supplier Proludic which includes a spinning bowl, climbing wall, trampoline set into the ground and more. [Of the 435 children aged 5 – 11 who voted at two special assemblies in the schools, 81% chose the winning Proludic design.]
Cllr Tom Wright, EDDC’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “A big thank you to all the children and young people in the town who have given their views on the type of equipment they wanted, and then voted to choose a winning design. To make sure the children get the facilities they want to use, we know how important it is that the town’s young people are the ones that design and choose them. We always consult the community which will benefit when spending any Section 106 funding for sport and play.”
Cllr Kim Bloxham, Chairman of CTC’s Amenities Committee said:
“The opening of Northwood Acres play area is achieving another milestone in the development of Cranbrook and will give the families who live on Phase 2 a facility for their children to play and residents to socialise. The Town Council has been working closely with East Devon District Council and the Consortium during the delivery of this play area and we look forward to it becoming a much-loved asset for the community.”
Neil Blackmore, from Taylor Wimpey said: “We are very pleased to see that the next play area at Cranbrook, which has had local resident input to the design, is proceeding on site.”