Work will start this week on £10,000 of repairs to Weir Park play equipment, recommended by the maintenance contractors after a recent inspection.

Horrabridge Parish Council decided at its January meeting, last week, to take the money from the capital projects fund it got from the sale of land for new houses at Walkham Meadows.

The same meeting voted to spend £2,110 from the same pot on a road-gritting machine.

The council has £27,000 of the money set aside for a wheelchair swing and a play pirate ship. There were some last-minute doubts at the December meeting and they are still to be talked through, but a proposal to refer the projects back to the Open Spaces Committee has been dropped.

Another £25,000 has been set aside for improvements to the Fillace Park sports facilities at some point.

And the council agreed in October to pay up to £6,000 for a new storage shed, to keep road salt separate from tools and machinery, although it is possible a cheaper solution might be found.

That means £70,000 of the £100,000 profit from Walkham Meadows is now more or less committed.

The Horrabridge Times was unable to attend last week’s council meeting and this is a second-hand summary, pending publication of the council’s own minutes.

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