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Torridge Council Community Grant brings School Adventure Play Area back into use

St Mary's Playground

Torridge Council has contributed nearly £4,000 to bring an adventure playground back into use at St Mary's Primary School in Bideford. The school has grown substantially over the last six years from 330 pupils to its current roll of 420, a 27% increase. As a result of tree root damage one of the outside play areas had to be cordoned off while the Parents and Friends group of the school sought funds to finance the repairs.

The £4,000 shortfall in the project was realised following a successful application to the Council's Community Grant scheme and the ground has been repaired, resurfaced with new drainage and new AstroTurf.

Torridge District & Devon County Councillor Andrew Eastman said:

"I was very happy to support this application for funds as, although the school has invested heavily in high quality learning areas, usable outdoor space for recreation is also vital for our youngsters' development and wellbeing. Bringing this play area back into use will reduce the pressure on other play areas at the school and allow the children to spend longer on outdoor activities"

Adrian Scarrett - Head Teacher of St Mary's School said:

 "We are very grateful to Torridge for the additional funds to help us finish this project. Having a greater area to engage in physical play means that children are safer because the numbers running in a smaller area is reduced. It will also benefit the community groups who use the facilities, as well as the Community Arts Network who provide a holiday club on the site during the summer. The latter is very important in creating an inclusive environment in which children, from across the whole Bideford area, have a safe location whilst parents are working."

16 November 2018