Vandalised seafront climbing frame to be brought back into use

The wtich's hat climbing frame at the Geoplay Park in Paignton

The wtich's hat climbing frame at the Geoplay Park in Paignton - Credit: Christine Carter

A giant climbing frame on Paignton seafront is to be brought back into use after repairs to the safety surface.

The area under the ‘witch’s hat’ structure in the Geoplay Park on Paignton Green was damaged by vandals last year and it has been fenced off.

Torbay Council has now agreed a grant of more than £11,000 to restore the surface so the climbing frame can be reopened.

Announcing the project, Cabinet member and Paignton councillor Christine Carter said the money would go to the Paignton Town Community Partnership to fund the repairs.

The Geoplay Park on Paignton seafront

The Geoplay Park on Paignton seafront - Credit: Google Maps

She said: “The aim is to reopen the climbing frame for the summer. It is a major attraction in the play park.”

The £550,000 free open-air adventure playground opened in 2012, mostly paid for by National Lottery grants.

The Geopark has been maintained for several years by volunteers Steve Brooksbank and Colin Hurst, both former Torbay councillors. 

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They also led the repairs and refurbishment of the Victorian shelters on the seafront, carried out by students from South Devon College.

In other improvements, the council’s harbour authority is fitting new stainless steel railings from the Harbour Lights pub to the slipway, extending the replacement last year of the old iron barriers at the harbour.

 Railings to be replaced between the Harbour Lights pub and the slipway on Paignton seafront

Railings to be replaced between the Harbour Lights pub and the slipway on Paignton seafront - Credit: Christine Carter

In a separate project, new stainless steel railings will also go in alongside steps down to the beach from the sea wall between the harbour and pier.

Railings to be replaced at beach steps on Paignton seafront

Railings to be replaced at beach steps on Paignton seafront - Credit: Christine Carter

That is being paid for from a special fund for councillors to use on local projects.

Cllr Carter, a Liberal Democrat, and Cllr Barbara Lewis, a Conservative, who both represent Roundham with Hyde, have pooled their allocations to give £3,000 for the work.