There were lots of happy faces yesterday (Wednesday 19 July) as pupils from Wincheap Primary School opened the refurbished Wincheap play area.

The children joined the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Rosemary Doyle, to cut the ribbon, before heading off for the first play on the new equipment.

The city council has spent around £90,000 on the project, part of which came from developers as a result of granted planning applications. There is a range of exciting and imaginative play equipment for children of all ages, including items that are accessible for children with disabilities.

Pupils had already been involved in the consultation stage of the project, helping to choose the equipment and design of the play area.

In addition to the new play equipment, some additional tree planting and footpath resurfacing is planned for the autumn.

Cllr Doyle said: “It was lovely to meet the children and open the play area together. I was even given a push on the swings! They all had a great time and it was nice for them to see the result of their hard work deciding on the equipment. I’m sure it’s going to be very well used in the months and years ahead.”

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “We know that new play areas and refurbishment of existing ones always go down well with families. Wincheap is one of our busiest sites and the equipment was getting very old, so a revamp was much needed.

“We are also close to completing a similar refurbishment at Burton Down in Beltinge, and will then turn our attention to a new play area at Kingsmead field.”