Colyford play area finally set to swing into action

PUBLISHED: 15:59 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:52 16 March 2017

The design of the new Colyford play area

The design of the new Colyford play area


The design of the long awaited amenity has been chosen by local children

Children at Colyford have chosen the design for an eagerly anticipated play area.

Despite the size of their village - 707 people are on the electoral roll - it currently does not have such an important amenity.

East Devon District Council and Colyton Parish Council have been working closely together to spend £24,000 on creating the play area. A total of £22,300 of this money has been contributed by developers through Section 106 funding for play which is given for every new home created in the parish. The remaining £1,700 has come from the parish council.

Children from the village were asked to come up with ideas for what they wanted to be able to do in the play area and a design brief was developed. Three companies put forward designs and the youngsters voted for their favourite at a free family theatre event at the Memorial Hall. The winning design was from LarsLaj.

Colyton Parish Council has worked hard and taken more than three years trying to identify a site to provide a play area in the village itself. Thanks to the generosity of a local family, the Padys, a solution has been found and the new play area will soon be put in next to Colyton Grammar School.

The design has been ratified by both councils.

Cllr Iain Chubb, EDDC environment spokesman, said: “I’m always delighted to see play areas go in around the district that the local children and young people have helped design and then chosen.”

Cllr Andrew Parr, chairman of Colyton Parish Council, said: “Colyton Parish Council are very pleased that at last the children of Colyford have got a play area. It has taken several years to achieve this and we are very grateful to the Pady family for making the land available and also to EDDC for the funding through the S106 scheme.”

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