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Photo of new play equipment at Swimbridge

New play equipment has been installed in Swimbridge thanks to a Community Councillor Grant from North Devon Council.

A grant of £700 was made to Swimbridge Parish Council from the council's Community Councillor Grant scheme and used towards the new play area and items including a wooden climbing frame, slides and a zip wire.

The scheme allocates each North Devon district councillor £1,000 per year to give away in grants. The grants are available to local voluntary or community groups, clubs or not for profit organisations that benefit the residents or environment of North Devon. The grants can be used to help with equipment costs, activities or just to help with day-to-day running and operation costs.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "Our Community Councillor Grant Scheme provides councillors with the opportunity to offer grants to groups in their community that will really benefit and provide vital facilities and services to the residents of North Devon. It's a very popular scheme and can provide that valuable boost to help fund community projects and support others to get their ideas off the ground. With the deadline for applications for this year fast approaching, if you want to apply to the fund please do so before the 31 January."  

North Devon Council ward member for Landkey, Councillor David Luggar, says: "It’s fantastic news that Swimbridge finally has a park for the local community. Now more than ever outdoor spaces are vital for the health and wellbeing of everyone, and the well-used park will continue to benefit families for years to come. It’s taken many years of hard work by many local people and Swimbridge Parish Council to get to the stage where the park has become a major part of village life. I’m pleased to support the purchase of play equipment as it is a great facility for our children and young people to enjoy."

North Devon Council ward member for Landkey, Councillor Glyn Lane, says: "I'm delighted some of my councillor grant has assisted much-needed play equipment for the parish."

Colin Wadsworth from Swimbridge Parish Council say: "This has been much awaited by our community and we cannot thank everyone enough for their support. We wanted an abstract design which was sympathetic to our rural surroundings, and since the play park was opened, the local feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Councillors Lane and Luggar have enabled our park to become a reality."

Information about the scheme, including how to apply and details of who has received a grant in the past can be found on the grants page of the council’s website

The fund closes for applications for this financial year on 31 January 2021.