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Selsey opens new playground for all

Selsey Town Council officially opened the newest piece of equipment at the East Beach play area on Monday evening.


The playground includes an inclusive, one-off, play and slide unit featuring interactive games and a double-width slide.


Claire Panton, a Selsey resident, had used the opportunity of submitting an idea to the council’s community fund in 2015 to request accessible equipment to enable children of all abilities to play together.


Recognising the value of this suggestion, the town council had pledged £15,000 from the fund and secured partnership support from Chichester District Council via a further £15,000 from the New Homes Bonus Awards.


In the early evening sunshine, Claire and her son, Finlay, cut the blue ribbon alongside Selsey Town Council chairman Andrew Brown and district councillors Mike Beal, Carol Purnell and Donna Johnson.


Claire stated: “I’m really pleased to see this equipment finally in place. We do need more of it but it’s a great start!”


The bespoke unit has been designed to provide a ‘sensory rich’, safe, fun place where children of all abilities can interact and play together.


Designed specifically to reference the local RNLI lifeboat station and much-missed old boathouse, the unit is unique to Selsey.


In addition, the pathway network has been significantly extended to provide a fully accessible inclusive play experience through linking the new equipment to the existing nest swing.


Cllr Brown said the unit was already a success, with children of all ages and abilities using it together.

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