Ellie Trussler, aged 5, cutting the ribbon with Councillor Helen Parr and Councillor Iain Chubb

A new play area in Cranbrook’s Hayes Square was officially opened by 5 year old Ellie Trussler, on Friday 29 April.

The new play area design was chosen by more than 380 children, parents and carers from Cornerstone Baby and Toddler Group and St Martin’s Primary School.  

As the second play area for children in the new town, the new play area opened early, much to the delight of local children. 

Ellie Trussler, aged 5, is a student at Cranbrook Education Campus. She cut the ribbon to official open the play area after her name was picked out of a hat on behalf of Cranbrook’s young people.

Councillor Helen Parr, Vice Chairman of East Devon District Council, said:

What better way to give children a play area they want and will use!

This new facility gives young people a park where they will want to play outside for longer, keeping them happy and healthy.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said:

We’re thrilled that the new play area is ready for local children to use earlier than expected.  Cranbrook’s young people can now enjoy lots of different play equipment at Hayes Square.

 The children have been involved right from the beginning which means they can have fun playing on equipment they requested, for many years to come.

Councillor Kim Bloxham, Chair of Cranbrook Town Council’s Amenities Committee, added:

Hayes Square provides a beautiful setting and a safe space, where children including toddlers will be encouraged to take part in active and healthy play. It’s a safe place for toddlers to play because the park is not for ball games, bicycle riding or dog walking.

As an attractive area with the original hedgerow full of birds and wildlife, it is a great spot for parents and carers to sit and enjoy the surroundings, at the same time as watching their children in the play area.

Nick Duckworth of Hallam Land, speaking on behalf of Consortium partners Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey Homes, commented:

We take great pride in funding the delivery of amenity facilities at Cranbrook and are pleased to see the completion of this scheme for the younger folk of the town. We look forward to continuing to work closely with EDDC to provide more facilities over the coming months.

East Devon District Council consult the community when spending any Section 106 funding for sport and play throughout the district.