New play equipment for Carrick kids

Children in towns and villages throughout Carrick will see brand new play equipment in their play parks after councillors agreed extra funding.

In Girvan £18,000 worth of funding will see the giant basket swing replaced at the shorefront playpark while at Linden Avenue and Victory Park new play equipment will be installed.

At Glenalla Road, Maybole over £2000 will be spent removing and replacing the swing unit, at Kirkmichael £5500 will be spent replacing the slide and at Colmonell replacing the log cabin slide will cost £4800.

An independent report compiled by a play inspector, who is certificated and registered in the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII), identified the play areas and items of equipment across South Ayrshire coming to the end of their life.

A statement from South Ayrshire Council said that councillors had made it a priority to update play facilities for children and the changes are a direct result of this.

Funding for the new equipment, costing £85,000 in total throughout the area, is the balance from the council’s original budget of £100,000 for improvements to play areas.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “Playing is very important for children, and playing outside they can take on new challenges. We are keen to encourage children to be physically active as it is good for their physical and mental health.

“When children are playing they learn and enhance so many skills – communication, co-ordination, team building, decision making and much more.”

Earlier this year the Leadership Panel agreed to replace the supports on the cableways at the Pavilion play area on Ayr shorefront at a cost of £5,000 and to replace the rope cargo net and reinstate surfaces at Troon shorefront play area at a cost of £10,000. This left a balance of £85,000 which has been allocated after studying the independent report.