Children and councillors celebrating the opening of Axminster's North Street play area.

East Devon District Council funds £60,000 worth of improvements

Axminster’s North Street play area has been given a new lease of life following £60,000 worth of improvements – and children from the town are loving it!

East Devon District Council has funded the new equipment from its capital budget to replace the old play apparatus which had been there for more than 30 years.

Axe Valley Children’s Centre, Axminster Community Primary Academy and Axe Valley Academy have been working closely with East Devon District Council to create a design that would meet the needs of all the children using the site. The youngsters were asked what they wanted included in the design and then several play suppliers tendered a design based on the children’s specifications.

The most popular activities requested by the children were for a ground level trampoline, a large climbing frame made from rope and a zip wire. All of these activities are included in the play area – produced by Kompan UK Ltd - together with many other items of equipment, which will allow children of all ages to express themselves and develop their physical and social skills.

The play area was officially opened by Mayor of Axminster, Councillor Jeremy Walden. Children from Axminster Community Primary Academy and Little Acorns, the pre-school based there, came along to the official opening and were amongst the first to enjoy the new equipment.

Mayor of Axminster, Councillor Jeremy Walden, who officially opened the play area said:

Thank you to East Devon District Council for the investment they have made for the young people of Axminster. This is a fantastic improvement and I am sure it will be thoroughly well used.

East Devon District Council portfolio holder for Environment, Cllr Tom Wright said:

Local children have designed this play area, which shows them that telling us their views really can make a difference. It’s important for their health and wellbeing that children get outside to play so it was really great to see so many of them enjoying the fantastic new equipment at the official opening event. It demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality and safe equipment for our children.

Ross Minton, Head of School at Axminster Community Primary School added:

Axminster Community Primary Academy and Little Acorns @ Axminster are so proud to support this wonderful project. The children really felt a strong desire to improve the local community and I am immensely honoured that East Devon District Council gave us the opportunity to help design it. Little Acorns is at the heart of our school and it was privilege to see the younger children playing on equipment that will last in the local community.