Work is underway on £25,000 revamp for village’s only play area

The main play equipment at the only playground in Piddinghoe, which is undergoing a £25,000 overhaul, has been installed.

It is expected the work will be finished in winter 2013 and includes removing the old, tired play equipment from the site.

Funding for the project has come from the Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded £15,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund, and Awards for All, which awarded £10,000.

Speaking about the project’s progress, Quincy Whitaker, the parish council member with responsibility for the playground, said: “This new play area will encourage children to use their imagination and creativity as well as enhance their balance, physical skills and engagement with and understanding of the environment.

“It is great to see it taking shape and we cannot wait to see it finished.”

The scheme, which is being led by Piddinghoe Parish Council, will replace the inadequate play equipment with new natural pieces and include a multi-play structure and slide, a climbing wall and firefighter’s poles, swings, including one that can be used by children with disabilities, a bridge, a play house and balancing poles.

The play area will also be extended into an overgrown woodland.

Parts of this will be cleared and managed to incorporate environmental education features.

It is hoped older children will enjoy playing in this environment, which will have paths, dens, log stepping-stones, balancing poles and a tree to climb.

A sand pit has been installed, the woodland area has been cleared, paths have been made and the old fencing has been removed.

An inspection of the playground in 2012 found that the timber on the old multi-play unit was rotten and the equipment also failed on other areas. All users of the play area in the village were consulted about the project and many were involved in its design.