Work completed on East Saltdean play area

Telscombe mayor Brendon Rossiter officially opens the revamped play area in East Saltdean.
Telscombe mayor Brendon Rossiter officially opens the revamped play area in East Saltdean.

A playground which has been given a £20,000 facelift was officially opened in East Saltdean this week.

Telscombe and East Saltdean mayor Brendon Rossiter opened Robert Kingan playground in Bannings Vale on Tuesday May 28.

Telscombe Town Council, which owns the playground, worked with play equipment specialist Sutcliffe Play to refurbish the play area, which was originally built more than 20 years ago.

Children from Telscombe and East Saltdean joined the mayor to celebrate the official opening.

A town council spokesperson said: “Despite the rain the local children were real stars.

“They seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and made the best use of all the new equipment despite being absolutely soaked.

“It was a fun event for everyone and great to see the young residents so enthused by the play space improvements.

“Thanks must go to the National Lottery for helping with the funding of the project and providing bunting balloons and T shirts.”

The project has refreshed existing features and included the installation of new equipment to create a challenging and inclusive play area for children of all ages.

Amongst the new equipment is a pull up toddler zone unit that caters for all abilities and a dish roundabout, one of Sutcliffe Play’s most inclusive products, according to the town council.

It said the dish provided fast dynamic play.

The rocking and rotating motion with good body support and security given by the dish shape are what helps to make it truly inclusive. Also installed were two trampolines, springie seesaws and swings.

Cllr Rossiter added: “The new look playground provides the community with an important meeting place for families, and provides children with exciting physical play opportunities.”

The playground was funded by the town council and a £10,000 grant from National Lottery Awards for All.

The Robert Kingan playground is one of three playgrounds being refurbished by Telscombe Town Council and Sutcliffe Play as part of a wider £112,000 project.

Two further playgrounds are being refurbished as part of the scheme.

The playground at Chatsworth Park in Ambleside Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, is due to be finished by June 13.

Work was due to start on the playground in Kirby Drive, Telscombe on May 27 and should be finished by June 28, in time for the summer holidays.