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£40k revamp of park designed by children

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs have a revealed that £40,000 is being spent to revamp a play area – following a little input from the people who will use it the most.

East Staffordshire Borough Council confirmed to the Mail that work had already begun on revamping the existing play area at Branston Water Park earlier this week.

However, in a slightly different approach, the final designs were selected by pupils from Rykneld Primary School, in Main Street, Branston.

Dennis Fletcher, the council’s deputy leader for built environment, said: “The equipment in the play area was ageing and was due for a replacement.

“The council undertook a consultation exercise with visitors to the play area and the results showed that the majority of people wanted to see something for toddlers and children up to the age of 12.

“The new play area will provide an attractive play area for visitors to Branston Water Park and the design selected by the pupils really compliments the park.”

In the autumn of 2013, several play equipment companies were asked to submit designs and two were selected.

These ideas were then taken to Rykneld Primary School.

The children at the school then had the opportunity to pick which scheme they would like to see installed.

After the designs were formalised by council staff, the work was given the go-ahead and contractors descended on the site earlier this week.

The old play area has now been removed and scaffolding placed around the site for safety reasons.

Council officers said that work was ‘expected to be completed in plenty of time for the Easter holidays’.

It was also revealed that the final design may vary slightly from the illustration chosen by the youngsters.

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