Newly refurbished Pilton play area gets the thumbs up

Posted on: 16 November 2018

The play area in Pilton Park, Barnstaple is back in action again following a £32,000 makeover.

Children from Pilton infant and junior schools and pupils of Pathfield school were eager to show how much fun could be had on the new play equipment at Pilton Park, following the official opening ceremony on Wednesday 14 November.
North Devon Council has completed a project to revamp the popular play area by removing tired, old equipment and replacing it with brand new equipment, using Section 106* contributions from the Old Glove Factory development.
Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “The new play equipment looks great and what makes this project really special is that children from the local schools helped to design the new play area, so we already know it’s got their seal of approval!”

Local ward member for Pilton, Councillor Mair Manuel, says: “The new equipment will further enhance work done in Pilton Park, encourage more children to get active and fulfil a promise we made to a mother some years ago that, when we had some money available, we would use it to ensure that more of the play equipment in the park would be inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities.”

Local ward member for Pilton, Councillor Brian Greenslade, says: “The new equipment is superb and I am sure youngsters will greatly enjoy playing on it. Every time I pass the park it is unusual not to see young people playing there while parents can sit beside the play park area. The new equipment will I am sure encourage greater use. It is good to note that funding has come from Section 106 monies obtained from development in Pilton. It is appropriate the Pilton community get some payback from development taking place in the community.”

*Section 106 is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of large planning applications. The money can only be used for certain things, but is mainly used for public open space projects.

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