£17k Beer play area revamp edges closer

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A MUCH anticipated £17,500 revamp of an uninspiring play park in Beer has taken a step closer to completion - as children have chosen their favourite design.

Youngsters had a choice of three designs for the Ash Hill attraction and voted for and option including a basket swing, climbing frame, spinning item, stepping logs and seating.

The final poll took place in a special assembly at Beer Primary School and at a Beer Venture Scouts meeting.

Of the 114 children and 16 scouts who voted, 75 per cent chose the winning design by Proludic.

The result has been ratified by Beer Parish Council and will now be rubber-stamped by East Devon District Council (EDDC) so that work can go ahead ordering and installing the playground.

It is hoped that the work will get under way in the next few months.

Around £7,500 has been contributed by cash obtained by EDDC from developers as a condition of planning approvals. The parish council also successfully applied for £10,000 of funding from the National Lottery.

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Parish councillor Martin Cox, who has led the project, said: “I’m delighted for the children that we are now going to have a more exciting play area.”

Cllr Geoff Pook, EDDC member for Beer, said: “The Ash Hill play area has always been popular but suffered from very limited facilities.”

Both representatives praised co-operation between the two councils and the community.