Work on starting a long-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a play area in Highbridge which was due to begun on Monday (8th September) has been delayed.

Sedgemoor District Council says the work at Talbot Close will now start on Monday 29th September and will likely take two weeks.

“The delay is due to sourcing some of the play equipment and is outside of our control. We thank users for their patience,” said spokeswoman Claire Faun.

The new play area will include a four-seater seesaw, roundabout and toddler multi-play unit plus a new bench and bin.

The old wooden palisade fencing, which had reached the end of its life, has already been replaced with a new traditional-style metal fencing with two new self-closing pedestrian gates, as pictured above.

“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 existing swings will remain in situ,” added the council.

Tina Gray, Vice Chairman of Highbridge Residents Association, who has campaigned for improvements for several years, recently told “It’s been a long time coming – much longer than we’d hoped – but this is great news.”

“I’m very pleased that this lovely little park is to receive a much-needed new lease of life. It’s nice to see something in Highbridge getting funding.”

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