of new £64,000 Highbridge play area halted by wet weather
to build a brand new £64,000 play area in Highbridge has
been completed, but the opening of the facilities has been postponed
due to this week's wet weather.
District Council is working with building firm Halcrow on delivering
the new facilities in the town's Southwell Gardens.
new play park replaces the former 20-year old facilities next
to the playing fields behind Highbridge's St John Ambulance HQ.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The play
area is now complete but due to very heavy rainfall we have decided
to keep the barriers up around the site until the ground dries
out. It would quickly turn into a mud quagmire if we were to open
it at the moment."
project has been funded by property developers' mandatory community
contributions to offset the impact of local housing development
and the district council.
timber playship will be the focal point of the play area once
it is completed," said council spokeswoman Sam Taylor.
equipment will include a zigzag bridge, slope slide with single
step ladder, nest swing, roundabout speed gyro, sea horse springer
and duo springer. The site will also be landscaped with grassed
earth mounds, tarmac footpath links, seating and bins."
refurbishment is being primarily funded by RLT2 developer funds
with a proportion being drawn from Sedgemoor District Councils
John Swayne, Portfolio Holder for Community and Scrutiny, added:
"Sedgemoor District Council is committed to investing in
play areas. This is phase one of an on-going project to improve
the play facilities in our local parks. The next parks tabled
for improvement, as part of phase two, are Talbot Close, Stilings
Close and Coleridge Gardens in Highbridge."
Top, the play area this week; and above, Sedgemoor's Harley Cook
with Halcrow's Sherri Edwards holding the plans for the site