02 August 2013
MP for Brighton, Kemptown, Mr Simon Kirby, re-opened Kirby Drive Playground in Telscombe Cliffs' Chatsworth Park after a £60,000 re-vamp project.
The re-vamp, which was led by Telscombe Town Council, involved removing much of the 20 year old wooden-frame play equipment and replacing it with new, modern, interactive equipment. The Town Council worked with Sutcliffe Play to carefully select equipment that will give children and young people aged 3-12 the maximum potential for fun and adventures.
For older children, a new tunnel slide and grass bank creates an inclusive, adventurous and challenging piece of equipment in a natural setting. A new range of equipment has also been installed, including a Mission glide wire. This is designed to encourage high energy and invigorating play that will help keep children fit and active.
Specific areas and equipment for toddlers aged up to five years old and above five years includes new toddler swings, a dish roundabout and a multipurpose climbing and sliding unit, with an area of seating for socialising. A new basket-swing has been included in the project for use by all ages and abilities.
The project’s improved landscaping and additional picnic bench seating is designed to make an attractive environment to encourage carers and parents to spend time in the play space and make maximum use of the new facilities. Areas of tarmac and stretches of wood-edging have also been removed and replaced with attractive, coloured safety-surfacing.
Funds for the work came from Telscombe Town Council’s own funds, and The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £20,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Council consulted local residents' associations, park users, the general public, playgroups and local schoolchildren on what changes they would like to see in the park. A representative group of local children, parents and grandparents were also involved in all stages of the project and their input was key to the selection of equipment and the site’s design.
Pupils from Telscombe Cliffs Primary School visited the site during construction and helped the contractors mark out the positions of the new equipment as part of a school project.
Speaking about the opening of the project, The Mayor, Councillor Brendon Rossiter, said, “The play space has now been transformed into an attractive area for residents and visitors to picnic and relax in. Children from a wide age and ability range now have the opportunity to enjoy up to date play equipment designed to help their physical and social development. The residents of Telscombe are extremely grateful to the Veolia Environmental Trust for helping to fund this important community project.”
Mr Kirby MP adds, “The new play area is a terrific addition to local facilities in Telscombe. It will cater for a range of ages and provide new and interesting experiences. I pass on my congratulations to everyone who took part in this project. It is a great result!”