Funding agreed for more play equipment at Bicclescombe Park

Posted on: 4 March 2016

North Devon Council has allocated £25,000 toward more play equipment at Ilfracombe’s Bicclescombe Park.

At a meeting of the council’s Executive today (Tuesday 1 March), councillors agreed to release the funds from Section 106 contributions made by developers.

A further £7,000 for play equipment, which will include an inclusive roundabout, is being contributed by Ilfracombe ward members through their community councillor grants, as well as Bicclescombe Park Improvement Group (BPIG). Cllr Mike Edmunds has also contributed £2,000 from his County Councillor grant funding towards the roundabout and the Ilfracombe Lions Club has pledged £1,000.

Executive member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “Bicclescombe Park is a fantastic park for the whole family and it’s quite clear why it wins a Green Flag every year. I am very happy that we are able to support the provision of some more play equipment and I congratulate the park improvement group for their fundraising efforts.”

The council’s parks team will be working with local schoolchildren from Ilfracombe Junior School, BPIG and ward members to choose the final design of the equipment and to select a contractor to carry out the work.

Local ward member, Councillor Geoff Fowler, says: “I’m really pleased our youngsters will have a say into the type of equipment they would like to see in the park. It makes my contribution all the more worthwhile to know the items will be well used and will help make Bicclescombe even more attractive to visitors and local families.”

Vanessa Archer from BPIG says: “We are so pleased to be able to complete phase two of the playground equipment. We hope everyone can enjoy and take time to visit Bicclescombe Park, grabbing a coffee or ice cream at The Mill whilst they’re here. Of course, we can only raise money if the tuck shop is open and we can only open if we have volunteers. So if anyone is interested in helping out and becoming a volunteer, please see Gary in the tennis clubhouse.”

Work is likely to begin in May or June and should take two weeks to complete. Keep up to date with news and events at North Devon Council parks and leisure facilities on the council’s Facebook page ‘Parks, Leisure and Sport in North Devon‘.

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