On one of his recent walks around the Ward, Pinhoe Cllr David Harvey spotted that a sea of mud had developed underneath one of the biggest items of equipment in Station Road Playing Fields Play park with mud getting smeared onto the slide. We can all remember that mud can be a fun part of play, but clearly not that much mud!

He immediately contacted The Parks and Open Spaces, who rose to the challenge and came up with a solution. The mud problem was identified as a being due to a drainage and water retention issue which had escalated as result of the high rains and poor drying conditions we are experiencing. The drainage issue would not disappear with less rain and would have led to erosion of the ground around the equipment. It needed to be fixed quickly as it was a popular piece of equipment.

The Pinhoe Councillors also starting to get contacted by residents becoming concerned about the problem. Our thanks to residents who contacted us to raise their concerns. Contacts directly from residents are always useful to us as Councillors when we seek to get works in Pinhoe prioritised.

The picture you see is the result. A brand new completely weatherproof child friendly surface.
The s child safe surface installed, clean dry equipment ready for use
The s child safe surface installed, clean dry equipment ready for use
DCC Labour candidate for Pinhoe and Mincinglake, Tracy Adams and Exeter City Councillor David Harvey went to inspect the work separately. So two photos instead of one – social distancing in action!
David Harvey and Tracy Adams visiting the play area
David Harvey and Tracy Adams visiting the play area
“Well done Cllr David Harvey, a popular piece of play equipment fixed and back in action very quickly!”

The piece of play equipment formed part of  the play area in the Station Road Playing Fields in Pinoe which has benefitted from a £110k makeover funded by developer contributions from a nearby housing development. The brand new play area was officially opened in September 2019.

The facility was rebuilt by the City Council after locals were asked what sort of play equipment they would like to see introduced.

The play area provides a challenging and enjoyable mix of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. Along with the traditional favourites of swings and see-saws, there are two split-level play towers designed for toddlers and juniors, a challenging 4.1m high mizzenmast climbing net, buddy board rocker and giant rope swing designed for groups of children to use together.

There are also features designed specifically with accessibility in mind, including a roundabout installed to ground level with a designated wheelchair station, swing with face-to-face seats, play panels, musical panels and sensory areas.

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