Search for new Cranbrook play area designs

A search has been launched for designs for a new play area in Cranbrook.

East Devon District Council is calling for play area designs for Cranbrook’s Hayes Square, providing the second play area for children in the new town. 

The children of Cranbrook helped shape the play plans, explaining to East Devon District Council what they want to see there.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said:

“We have worked closely with local children and families from Cornerstone Baby and Toddler Group, and the ‘Learning Ambassador’ children from St Martin’s Primary School to create a specification for the new play area which reflects their wishes.

“The most popular requests from the children were for: swings including a basket swing, spinning, and bouncing, especially a ground level trampoline, in addition to sliding and climbing. It’s important to us that the local children actually get what they want to play on as they are the ones that will be using it.” 

Submitted designs will be voted on by children at Cornerstone Baby and Toddler Group and St Martin’s Primary School and the winning design will be announced in the New Year.

Councillor Kim Bloxham, Chair of Cranbrook Town Council’s Amenities Committee, said: 

“Talking to the children has been a very important part of the process.  We want to provide a play area that is right for the children and right for the people of Cranbrook who live in and around Hayes Square.”

The chosen play area company will then start to make the equipment, with installation work expected to begin in the Spring and the play area will open shortly afterwards.

The play area is funded by the New Community Partners Consortium (NCPC), as a condition of planning permission for Cranbrook developments, known as Section 106 funding.  East Devon District Council consult the community when spending any Section 106 funding for sport and play throughout the district.

More active spaces will be provided including a skatepark and a trim trail.  Cranbrook Education Campus also plans to make its sports facilities available to local residents in the future.