Work to start on a new play area for Cranbrook’s Northwood Acres

A third play area for Cranbrook, chosen by local children, moves a step closer at Northwood Acres. Work is set to start next month on 23rd October and the play area is due to open in the autumn. 

East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council have been working closely together with the two local schools to make it happen. An event to celebrate the opening, with free face painting, will take place on 18thNovember from 10.30am-12 noon. 

Children at Cranbrook Education Campus and St Martin’s C of E Primary School had a choice of three designs in response to their design brief and voted for their favourite, from Proludic. The design includes a spinning bowl, a climbing wall and a trampoline set into the ground and more. Of the 435 children aged 5 to 11 who voted at two special assemblies in the schools, 81% chose the winning Proludic design.

East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council visited the schools earlier this year to find out what type of activities and equipment children wanted in the play area at Northwood Acres, which is near the Cranberry Farm pub and Cranbrook Education Campus. 

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: 
“A big thank you to all the children and young people in the town who have given their views on the type of equipment they wanted, and then voted to choose a winning design. 

“To make sure the children get the facilities they want to use, we know how important it is that the town’s young people are the ones that design and choose them. 

“We always consult the community which will benefit when spending any Section 106 funding for sport and play.” 

Cllr Kim Bloxham, Chairman of Cranbrook Town Council's Amenities Committee, said: 
"The opening of Northwood Acres play area is achieving another milestone in the development of Cranbrook and will give the families who live on Phase 2 a facility for their children to play and residents to socialise. The Town Council has been working closely with East Devon District Council and the Consortium during the delivery of this play area and we look forward to it becoming a much-loved asset for the community."

The play area has been funded by contributions from developers through Section 106 funding.

Neil Blackmore, from Taylor Wimpey, said:
“We are very pleased to see that the next play area at Cranbrook, which has had local resident input to the design, is proceeding on site.”