SOMERSET NEWS: It’s child’s play in Watchet
YOUNGSTERS in Watchet have enjoyed a fun-packed summer holiday in the town’s redesigned play space.
The children’s play area in the Memorial Ground, always well used, has been provided with new equipment including climbing apparatus and a bird’s nest swing thanks to funding from housing developers.
Some of the money from a development of seven linked town houses at Lorna Doone Caravan Park, built by Regal Heritage, has been spent on the play area that was officially launched this week.
The funding, known as Section 106 contributions, was earmarked for improving or providing community facilities/infrastructure in Watchet.
Watchet Town Council was keen to see a lasting legacy for local people and said the investment in children’s play would promote well-being and put the young generation at the heart of the community. The Town Council has committed to meeting the costs of maintaining the equipment.
Cllr Peter Murphy, Mayor of Watchet said: “Watchet Town Council wanted to redesign the children’s play area on the Memorial Ground to bring it up to date and enhance the equipment available to young people in conjunction with the Outdoor Gym installed in 2015.
“As a council we recognise that play forms an important part of a child’s life and helps to challenge their boundaries in a constructive way.
“We also wanted to give the community access to play provision that offers the opportunity to develop important social and life skills. The Mothers’ Groups, Watchet Roots charity and parents using the area were consulted and provided some really good suggestions on how the play space could be improved and redesigned.”
Cllr David Westcott, communities spokesman with West Somerset Council, said: “I am so pleased that the ambitions for this very well used play space have been realised. It will provide enjoyment and activity for many years to come.”
PHOTO – TOP: Cllr John Irvin, vice-chairman of Watchet Town Council, Cllr Dave Westcott, lead member for communities at West Somerset Council, Cllr Colin Johnson, chairman of tourism and leisure at Watchet Town Council, and Sarah Reed, Watchet Town Council clerk.