Foxhill play area in Axminster will be getting a new lease of life with exciting modern equipment

Local children help choose equipment for revamped play areas in Foxhill and Loretto Road in Axminster

Two play areas at Foxhill and Loretto Road in Axminster are getting a new lease of life, thanks to East Devon District Council, which is putting £157,000 of modern and exciting play equipment in to these sites.

The new equipment at Foxhill play area and Loretto Road play area should be ready for use by the end of the year.

£105,000 of the funding for the £120,000 Foxhills play area has come from East Devon District Council’s main budgets. The remaining £15,000 is Section 106 money, which comes from developers who have built new homes in Axminster. The £37,000 for Loretto Road is all Section 106 money, prioritised for Loretto Road play area by Axminster Town Council.

East Devon District Council talked to children and young people of all ages to help understand what activities they would like to see in the play areas.

The most popular requests from the children and young people were sent to a number of play equipment suppliers, who competed to provide the best designs across three sites. A good selection of great quality designs were received and, after seeing which designs best provided what the children and young people wanted, Kompan were appointed to manufacture and construct the new play areas.

Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

“Both play areas desperately needed renewing, which is why we allocated £157,000 to them. The new designs look very exciting. Thanks to all the local children and young people who took part in the consultation. This process is essential in helping us ensure we provide what the children want. The children will play on the equipment when it’s installed and will be able to say that they helped design the play areas they’re having fun on.”

Axminster Town ward member, Cllr Andrew Moulding, said:

I am extremely pleased that East Devon District Council has been able to involve local children in the selection of equipment for play areas in Foxhill and Loretto Road. I am sure that these brilliantly designed play areas will be well received by young people of all ages.

Axminster Town ward member, Cllr Ian Hall said:

I am over the moon that all corners of Axminster will now have fantastic play facilities that will be appreciated and used by the wonderful young people of our community.

Many thanks to the Officers at East Devon who have been instrumental in getting us to this point and a special thanks to the children of Axminster in picking these fantastic designs.

Axminster Town ward member, Cllr Sarah Jackson, said:

It’s fantastic that East Devon District Council has ensured the community, particularly those most likely to use these facilities, have been so integral in their design. I look forward to seeing these parks completed and hope that the families in the surrounding areas get maximum enjoyment out of these precious outside play areas.