New play area after long negotiations

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 December 2012

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PLANS for a £60,000 play park have been unveiled this week, which will replace 'dilapidated' equipment that has been in place for 20 years.

Sedgemoor District Council will use the cash from a housing developers’ community fund to refurbish grounds in Southwell Gardens in Highbridge.

The council commissioned building firm Halcrow to prepare plans for the new park, which is in gardens owned by the Highbridge War Memorial Trust.

The trust has been in negotiations with the council and the charity commission to make the changes for the past year.

Trust member Pam Lynes said: “Because we are a charitable organisation we could not just say go ahead. By charity law we had to negotiate with the charity commission to get the lease for the land.

“The equipment was there before we took over and it just stayed there.

“Sedgemoor maintained it and cut the grass and as it became broken down and dilapidated some pieces were taken away, and we were left with just three.

“The new plans are very welcome and I think it’s going to do a lot for the area.”

The new play park will have a seaside theme and will include swings, climbing frames and balancing equipment.

Mrs Lyes added: “It will be better for the residents that something will be put there.

“It’s been an awful lot of hard work and I’m just glad that it’s got to this stage and I think it is something that’s very much needed.”

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