A long-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a play area in Highbridge is set to start on Monday 8th September.

Sedgemoor District Council says the three weeks of work will get underway at Talbot Close.

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

“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,” said council spokeswoman Sam Taylor.

Tina Gray, Vice Chairman of Highbridge Residents Association, who has campaigned for improvements for several years, recently told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “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.”

Local residents and visitors to the area may have already noticed some changes to the park as the existing wooden palisade fencing, which had reached the end of its life, has been replaced with traditional 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 held 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.

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.

During these works a wide range of alternative play facilities are available at Apex Park which is just a short two minute stroll from Talbot Close.