A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been held in Highbridge this week to mark the opening of a new-look play area.

The revamped play park in Talbot Close has received £31,600 of improvements from Sedgemoor District Council.

The new play area features a new four-seater seesaw, a roundabout and toddler multi-play unit.

The roundabout and toddler multi-play unit are designed to be inclusive for use by disabled children.

The multi-play unit includes a double width slide, ring climber, binocular platform and climbing grips. The swings have remained in-situ.

The previous wooden palisade fencing, which had reached the end of its life, has also been replaced with new play area style metal fencing with two new self-closing pedestrian gates.

The new play area and fencing, costing £31,600, has been funded through RLT2 Developer Contributions for Play, which are overseen by Sedgemoor District Council.

“The play area in Talbot Close, Highbridge was marked for a major make-over after discussions with residents, town and district councillors,” said Council Chairman Peter Downing, who is pictured at this week’s launch.

“Earlier this year local residents were consulted on the design and were asked to choose between a traditional play park, community garden with vegetable planting or a community garden with shrubs and informal play equipment installed. The results showed a traditional play park was the preferred option.”

Pictured: Scott Mason, Parks Officer; Chairman Cllr Peter Downing; Ward Member Cllr Chris Williams and Julie Cooper, Stronger Communities Team Leader