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Contract Agreed for Play Parks' Refit

5 August 2022

Children's slide and climbing frame in a play park near to the fence and litter bin in the foreground. A slide and swing set are set back further in the distance .

South Hams District Council has awarded a contract, following a public consultation with the local community, for work on the Collapark and Westonfields play parks in Totnes.

The District Council carried out a consultation with the local community to find out exactly what the community wanted in their children's play area through a range of onsite posters, hand-delivered postcards and social media promotion all linking to an online questionnaire.

Following the consultation, residents from both sites clearly preferred mostly wooden equipment, with the focus on pre-school and primary school age children.

Following a competitive tender process, experienced playground design company, Kompan have won the contract. The tender bids were evaluated by a panel, which included District and Town Council officers and councillors, and a Bridgetown Alive community representative.

The panel agreed on the successful design that closely met the needs of the community. Kompan produce long-lasting and high quality playgrounds designed for all ages and abilities.

South Hams District Council is contributing around £50,000 as part of their Capital Play Parks Renewal Scheme together with approximately £30,000 from planning development funds (Section 106) which have been reserved ready to be used for these new and improved community facilities. Totnes Town Council are also contributing £10,000 towards the Collapark play area improvements. 

Work is expected to begin in November and will take around three weeks. This will allow time for the removal of the existing equipment. These will be replaced with the new freestanding equipment and new safety surfacing below new and retained equipment in the parks. Some swings are being kept at Collapark.

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "We're really pleased that a contract has been agreed with such a high-quality play company. Their design perfectly meets the needs of what the community asked for through our consultation. This has been a great project working alongside Totnes Town Council to meet the needs of our community. 

"It is important to us that when the children are playing, that they not only have great fun, but that they also gain important social skills as well as physical development and endurance. Not forgetting their families, who enjoy some well-earned social time of their own too. 

"We really look forward to seeing the children playing in the parks when they are completed later in the year."

Cllr Emily Price, Mayor of Totnes said: "Lots of us have happy memories of playing in or taking our children to the playground in Collapark, but this revamp is now much needed. It's fantastic to know local families and the community got involved in designing the new-look play area so we can be sure it meets local needs.

"It's been great working together with South Hams District Council to make this happen, and I'm proud Totnes Town Council was able to help fund the new equipment as it will have so many benefits on the physical and mental health for our children.  We'll soon have this wonderful new community facility where many new happy memories can be made."

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