• A play park for West Hill

    17th March 2011 | News | Claire
  • Almost two years ago I spotted a small article in the local press.  Devon County Council was calling for bids for a Playbuilder project, which was aimed at 8-13 year olds. 

    Myself and West Hill’s county councillor, Roger Giles knew that it was the best opportunity we were going to get for a play park, which both parents and children were desperate for.

    Several long-winded applications, many phone calls, persuasive letters and meetings later, we heard the joyous news that we had been granted £25,000 for our park.

    We set up a working group and it was full steam ahead, until we hit a major problem last July – the new coalition Government had frozen all Playbuilder funding with a view to axing it completely.  It was devastating and we knew the children would be so disappointed.

    We remained determined and lobbied hard, encouraging residents to write to our MP, Hugo Swire.  This paid off and Hugo Swire also lobbied the Government on our behalf and visited us during August to see for himself the lovely location for our park.

    It wasn’t until November that we heard the fantastic news that our project would be retaining the funding.

    Delivering the park has been a real community effort, but special thanks must go to West Hill resident, Craig Williams of CSW Groundworks who is putting in a breathtaking amount of time and effort to make the park really special. David Crocker of Westcountry Milk has also kindly donated £1000 towards the park.
    The village hall committee, who have given permission to use their land, have been incredibly supportive of the project.

    Now the journey is almost over, the building work is almost finished and the park will be open by the end of March.  Please come and visit!