Children in Hailsham can now benefit from new improved facilities as work to rebuild the play area in Western Road has been completed on schedule, delivering an exciting upgrade to play equipment next to the recreation ground.
Most of the equipment has been renewed, with three of the original pieces retained, all of which are in a serviceable condition. The rebuild included the installation of new DDA-approved play equipment making it accessible to more people, as well as the resurfacing of the playground as required and additional public benches (and other furniture).
The revamp of the play area is part of Hailsham Town Council’s continued commitment to improve local parks and open spaces and involved the installation of a large multi-play unit located in the centre of the play area (with double-width slide), a wheelchair-accessible carousel, four-person springer seesaw, sensory play area, toddler area with a theme based on the former Hailsham train station, new picnic bench plus three new benches and two new litter bins with recycle option.
The site features an overlay of the existing surfacing with colour-fleck wet pour for optimum safety of play area users.
The project had a budget of £125,000 and was funded by using Section 106 funds from Wealden District Council. The contract was awarded to Wicksteed Leisure Ltd, a leading outdoor play equipment supplier established in 1918.
Town Clerk John Harrison said: “Children’s play areas play a vital role in outdoor recreation, providing children with an area to relax, meet friends and play.”
“The Town Council’s play areas strike a balance between providing stimulating play and meeting current safety requirements, which is why we pride ourselves in maintaining our facilities to the highest standards and undertaking regular inspections and repairs where necessary, and major revamps such as this one.”
“We are very pleased to be able to provide a major rebuild of the Western Road play area. The facility is well-used and the revamp is aimed at improving and refreshing the equipment, plus it also helps the Town Council tackle the challenge of a growing number of families with children in the area.”
An official opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting will take place in late July, subject to coronavirus restrictions (details will be announced soon).
In addition to Western Road, the Town Council currently manages play areas in Western Road, Battle Road, Stroma Gardens, Quinnell Drive and on the Maurice Thornton playing field.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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