TDC Grant helps Great Torrington Community Group Realise new Play Park Plans

Calf Street Torrington Plan

The "Calf Street Action Group" set up with the help of Great Torrington Ward Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin have been given £35K from Torridge District Council to redevelop the play park at Calf Street, Great Torrington. The group have now raised over £100K in total towards the funding of equipment to refurbish and modernise this popular local play area, which is the main and largest in Great Torrington.

With the tendering process now complete the new equipment will be installed by Sutcliffe Play (South West) Ltd towards the beginning of March, to a final design picked by children from Great Torrington and Bluecoats Schools.

The chosen design includes a fenced toddler area, various fitness equipment, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, various swings and a "mission stealth" climbing structure. The Council funding has been boosted by £25K from Coastal Recycling's Community Grant Fund, £25K from Central Governments Pocket Parks Scheme, £10K from Local Development Schemes (S106), £2.3K from DCC "Investing in Devon" grant, £1.5K from The Gibbons Family Trust, and £1K each from Lord Clinton's Charitable Trust and Torrington Cavaliers.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said:

"I really want to commend the core committee group which includes Danielle North, Sarah Copp, Kim Childs, Gemma Sampson, Cat Nelson, and Nicola Ashelford for all their hard work over the past couple of years in raising the money needed. Without their commitment and dedication, we would not be seeing such an amazing transformation of the park.

We are also really grateful for all of the generous donations, which as well as the headline figures included smaller amounts from local charitable trusts, councillor grants, clubs running fundraiser events, as well as the many cake stalls, raffles, tombola's and even Bingo organised by the group and its wider supporters and volunteers. It has been a fantastic community effort.

Memorable milestones for me were when many parents and children went to speak at Council Committee meetings. Libby Childs was only 7 years old when she spoke, the youngest ever recorded speaker at a TDC meeting."

09 January 2020