New park for young people has been opened in Cheddar by MP James Heappey

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 15 December 2016

Sophie Frankpitt, aged 15, with MP James Heappey and his daughter Tilly, aged two, in the new park.

Sophie Frankpitt, aged 15, with MP James Heappey and his daughter Tilly, aged two, in the new park.


A £34,000 park which was designed to provide a family-friendly environment near Cheddar reservoir has been officially opened.

The Sharpham Road play area has been built to promote physical activity while offering the chance for children to be imaginative and creative.

The park’s sign was designed by 15-year-old Sophie Frankpitt, whose grandfather Peter Colton is the chairman of Cheddar Parish Council, which built the park for the village’s young people.

Sophie told the Mercury she was ‘really proud’ to see her design brought to life.

The park is located between the rugby and football fields in Sharpham Road, off the A371, and has been created near to a £3.1million housing development, containing 23 family homes, which has been built in the past few years.

Councillor Anne Fontaine said: “When there are younger siblings of football players they do not have anywhere to play. There is no playground at all around the reservoir area.”

The park was funded by developers who put money towards community outdoor spaces, under the direction of Sedgemoor District Council.

The park is complete with a number of obstacles for children to enjoy, a small climbing wall and a slide.

There is also an adjoining fitness area for teenagers and adults to exercise, complete with diagrams on how to use the equipment.

The council worked alongside FitCheddar – a community group which promote an active and healthy lifestyle in the community – to endorse the park.

MP James Heappey opened the park on Saturday.

He told the Mercury: “It has been a pleasure, in the December rain, to open the incredible new play park for Cheddar.

“The council have done a brilliant job putting something here for Cheddar’s families and I suspect a few people, like me, will come across and use it as well.

“It is a great thing to have here and a wonderful thing to open.”

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