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New climbing apparatus will soon be installed in a popular Ilfracombe play area, thanks to a £6,600 funding boost from North Devon Council.

At a meeting of North Devon Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee on 1 February, Councillors agreed to allocate the money to Oxford Park play area, which has recently had to have some fitness equipment removed as it has corroded and is beyond repair.

In 2019, A consultation was held with the children from Ilfracombe Academy who were asked what kind of play equipment they wanted to see in the park. The most popular type voted for was climbing apparatus.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “When it comes to installing new items in a play area, we like to ask the local children what they really want. We listened to the children's opinions and are now planning to install brand new climbing apparatus for them. We hope they will enjoy it and get many years of fun from using it. Funding from local developments means that we can put money back into our communities which everyone can benefit from.”

Under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing extra community and social infrastructure as a result of the impact of a new development.

These contributions can only be used for certain things, but are used primarily for public open space projects.