MP Simon Kirby officially opens revamped Telscombe play area opens

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A playground in Telscombe which has been given a £60,000 revamp was officially opened by Peacehaven MP Simon Kirby on Friday July 19.

Local children and young people joined the MP at the Kirby Drive play area in Chatsworth Park for the ceremony.

The project to improve the park was led by Telscombe Town Council and replaced 20 year old wooden frame equipment with modern equipment.

Telscombe mayor Brendon Rossiter said: “The play space has now been transformed into an attractive area for residents and visitors to picnic and relax in.

“Children from a wide age and ability range now have the opportunity to enjoy up-to-date play equipment designed to help their physical and social development.

“The residents of Telscombe are extremely grateful to The Veolia Environmental Trust for helping to fund this important community project.”

The town council worked with Sutcliffe Play, a leading designer and manufacturer of children’s play areas, to select equipment which children would enjoy.

A new tunnel slide and grass bank have been added for older children.

There is also a mission glide wire, designed to encourage high energy play that will help keep children fit.

Specific areas and equipment for toddlers aged up to five years and children above five years include new toddler swings, a dish roundabout and a multi purpose climbing and sliding unit, with a seating area.

A new basket swing has been included for use by all ages and abilities.

The project’s improved landscaping and additional picnic bench seating is designed to make an attractive environment to encourage carers and parents to spend time in the play space and make maximum use of the new facilities.

Areas of tarmac and stretches of wood edging have also been removed and replaced with attractive, coloured safety surfacing.

Money came from Telscombe Town Council’s own funds and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant of £20,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The council consulted local residents’ associations, park users, the general public, playgroups and local schoolchildren on what changes they would like to see in the park. A representative group of local children, parents and grandparents were also involved in all stages of the project and their input was key to the selection of equipment and site’s design.

Pupils from Telscombe Cliffs Primary school visited the site during construction and helped the contractors mark out the positions of the new equipment as part of a school project.