Hailsham play area gets a £125,000 face lift

Work on a play area in Hailsham costing £125,000 means it will be shut for six weeks.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 5:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:19 am

According to Hailsham Town Council, installation of new equipment at the Western Road play area site is due to start on April 26 and continue for six weeks.

A statement from the council said, “The play area will be closed for the duration of the works - sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

Now Hailsham Town Council has revealed plans for the site which includes upgrading the play equipment, resurfacing the playground and adding more public benches and bins.

The play area will also feature a wheelchair-accessible carousel, sensory play area and toddler area.

The council statement said, “The project has a budget of £125,000 and is being funded by using Section 106 funds from Wealden District Council.

“The contract was awarded to Wicksteed Leisure Ltd, a leading outdoor play equipment supplier established in 1918.”

Town clerk John Harrison, said, “Children’s play areas play a vital role in outdoor recreation, providing children with an area to relax, meet friends and play.

Photo from Hailsham Town Council SUS-210420-163625001
Photo from Hailsham Town Council SUS-210420-163625001

“The town council’s play areas strike a balance between providing stimulating play and meeting current safety requirements, which is why we pride ourselves in maintaining our facilities to the highest standards and undertaking regular inspections and repairs where necessary, and major revamps such as this one.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide a major rebuild of the Western Road play area. The facility is well-used and the revamp to be carried out is aimed at improving and refreshing the equipment, plus it also helps the town council tackle the challenge of a growing number of families with children in the area.”