Following consultation with local communities and councils, eight sites will have their old equipment removed and replaced with a variety of durable, quality equipment with safety play surfacing as part of phase one of the Council's play park capital improvement scheme.

Cann Wood

South Hams District Council's (SHDC) will use money from capital funding, along with Town and Parish Council match funding and developer's Section 106 (s106) financial contributions to replace the old and tired play equipment in the District.

Kingsbridge Town Council are contributing £30,000 for the Kingsbridge park renewals with Bickleigh Parish Council matching the District Council's £25,000, with £25,000 of their own funds for the refit of the Cann Wood View site.

Kompan have been awarded the contract to carry out improvements at seven of the sites with Wicksteed Leisure Ltd working on the Courtenay Park redevelopment in Salcombe.

The play parks to be renewed in phase one are:

  • Cann Wood View in Bickleigh
  • Montagu Road and Duncombe Park in Kingsbridge
  • Woodburn Close, Lower Brook Close, Barn Close, Weatherdon Drive in Ivybridge
  • Courtenay Park in Salcombe

The improvements will start at Bickleigh on the week of 14 October for six weeks and will complete at the end of November.  Followed by the Kingsbridge parks with the Ivybridge ones being completed towards the end of the programme of works in November.

In addition to the play park revamps, and in response to public demand, the Council are also reinstating the large, curving slide in the large Multi-Activity-Unit at the Ivybridge Leisure Centre site.

South Hams District Council's, Cllr David May, Executive Member for Enterprise, said:  "I'm delighted that these play parks are being revamped for our children to enjoy.  It's so important that we offer safe and fun environments for our youngest residents, and our visitors, to enjoy for many years to come."

The Council are hoping that a further five sites will be developed in phase two and discussions are taking place with communities to bring those forward before mid 2020.  More information will follow as it develops.

Cllr Nicky Hopwood, South Hams District Council's, Ward Member for Woolwell, said: "It's fantastic that Cann Wood View play park is the first of the play parks to be done.  This project shows just how much we can achieve for the future of our children when the District Council and the Parish Councils work together."

Issued: 9 October 2019