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New play equipment in Beachfields

Published Wednesday 4 October, 2023
Last updated on Wednesday 4 October, 2023

Swale Borough Council has installed a pirate ship themed play area in Beachfields.

This was done in collaboration with Sheerness Town Council who undertook consultations with the local community and provided half of the funds.

The new play area has been installed in the Beachfields Sandpit to replace the castle that was burnt down last year.

The colourful, bespoke designed, “Man O War” multi activity unit includes a zipline, slide, fireman’s pole and rope ladders.

It has been built to last being made of durable weatherproof materials created using recycled plastic.

Designed for 4 - 12-year-olds it can entertain and thrill over 50 children at a time.

The council contracted Kompan to build the equipment at the cost of just under £80 000 as part of their ongoing effort to improve the leisure infrastructure on the Isle of Sheppey.

Cllr Richard Palmer, Chair of the council’s Community Committee, said:

“It was heart-breaking to see the previous play equipment burnt down, it was loved by the community and has since been sorely missed.

“We decided to build this new pirate ship, for the children of Sheerness to enjoy and to fill the empty space sadly left in Beachfields by the blaze.

“This as a crucial investment in our leisure infrastructure and can’t wait to see the happy faces of those using the facilities.”

Cllr Dolley Wooster of Sheerness Town Council said:

“We wanted to provide an amazing replacement to the previous equipment and knew this would require extra funding.

“That is why we teamed up with Swale Borough Council to jointly pay for this new play area.

“We know this equipment will be a wonderful place for the community to meet and for children to socialise and get active.”

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