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Bideford's Victoria Park Play Area transformation gets full planning approval!

Victoria Park Tower

Victoria Park Tower

Bideford's Victoria Park play area renovation has taken a big step forward as councillors have unanimously voted to approve the plans at the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Monday 13th November. While most of the new equipment in the play park was exempt from planning permission, the 'Ocean Giant XL' tower feature required approval due to its impressive height of nearly ten metres.

The feature tower will form the park's centrepiece with its unique design providing an access gateway to a whole array of exciting features. When complete the tower will be equipped with two slides, a fireman's pole, climbing walls, ladders, and other engaging tactile equipment, providing a fun and exciting experience for all park-goers.

Pending contractor confirmation the build is scheduled to begin in early 2024, and weather permitting, should be completed over a six to eight week period with a reopening expected in the spring, early summer. The play area will be closed during the construction phase but has been timed to coincide with a lower level of usage during the quieter winter months to minimise disruption. The closure will also facilitate the removal of the old structures to make way for the new park facilities.

The play area's full approval stands as a testament to the unwavering determination and hard work of council officers and resident volunteer organisations who have championed the project and sought out elements of the funding. The financing for the build has come from a variety of sources including Capital funds from Torridge Council, a grant from the Bideford Bridge Trust, private fundraising and a £150,000 grant from the Government's Rural Prosperity Fund.

Torridge District Councillor Lyndon Piper, Lead member for Leisure, said:

"It's fantastic news that the planning committee has unanimously supported the construction of this exciting new play area which includes a feature tower that will make the park a grand destination for families from far and wide. With the hard work being done throughout the winter months, it will be a brilliant to see the park open for next year's spring and summer seasons - Something for all of us to look forward to!"

November 2023

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