Play area opens after £16k revamp in Hailsham

Hailsham Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley with the new play equipment.
Hailsham Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley with the new play equipment.

New equipment has been installed in a popular play area in Hailsham.

The revamp to the play area, located off Quinnell Drive, which cost £16,000, is part of Hailsham Town Council’s drive to ensure play areas are maintained to the highest standard all year round.

Work has been carried out on the replacement of play equipment and modern apparatus have been installed.

This includes a new toddler multi-activity play system for two to eight year olds, a slide, rota-roka (spinning dish with rock feature), springie see-saw and bobby springer, as well as a picnic bench, two additional seating benches and a cycle rack.

The new equipment was funded by Hailsham Town Council and is in accordance with national standards for children under the age of eight.

Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley, who is also chairman of the town council’s Parks, Open Spaces and Sports Committee, officially cut the ribbon to open the play area last week.

She said: “This new play equipment will be an ideal way to keep both toddlers and older children fully entertained, while providing them with fun ways to exercise and stay healthy.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide this and many other play facilities in Hailsham.

“The Quinnell Drive play area is quite popular and the works we have carried out are aimed at improving and refreshing the equipment, making it even more fun for the children to play on.”

Richard Gillett, works supervisor at Hailsham Town Council, said: “As well as providing stimulating play, the town council strives to effectively manage, improve and protect quality play areas, whilst meeting current safety requirements.

“This is why we pride ourselves in maintaining these play areas to the highest standards, undertaking regular inspections, carrying out necessary repairs promptly and replacing any play equipment which falls below quality standard as early as possible.”

In addition to Quinnell Drive, the town council currently manages play areas in South Road, Battle Road, Stroma Gardens, Carpenters Way and on the Maurice Thornton playing field.

Feedback on any problems you might incur within the play areas and the reporting of any damage is welcomed by Hailsham Town Council.

All enquiries should be directed to Karen Moralee on 01323 841702.

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