On Saturday, 19th July, the Mayor of Brightlingsea, Cllr. Vivien Chapman, opened a new piece of play equipment in Pawson’s Playground. This was a particular pleasure for Cllr. V. Chapman, who is also the Councillor with Special Responsibility for the Western Promenade.
It has taken a long while to fund the equipment and to get it fabricated and installed, and grateful thanks are extended to Terry Hamilton, the Brightlingsea Town Council’s Grounds’ Manager, who has worked closely with Cllr. Chapman on this project and provided invaluable help and support and hard work.
She was joined by Steve and Patrick, from Park Leisure, the company which had made the beach hut themed piece. Also there were representatives from The Clacton Lions, including Bob and Rose and Margaret and Allen from Brightlingsea who had first offered sponsorship from Clacton Lions, together with Clacton Lions President, Colin Hawkins and other representatives, Liz, Jim and Andrew. Further sponsorship was proved by DONG Energy, who were unable to be represented.
The Mayor had previously run a picture competition at Brightlingsea Junior School, and the winning pictures have been reproduced to become part of the equipment. Katie Newland, one of the five winners, was able to be there and she helped the Mayor cut the ribbon.
Also at the opening were Town Councillors and the Town Clerk, and the Mayor is very grateful for their support.
Park Leisure have been extremely generous and gave the Council four pieces of outdoor gym equipment which is situated near the play area.
The group then moved over to the Skate Park, where the Mayor opened the new Skate Board Ramp, with Katie’s help. This has been built by Urban Ramps (part of Park Leisure), and sponsorship was provided by the Brightlingsea Rotary Club, who were represented by B.T.C. Cllr. David Dixon. Park Leisure have also generously given the Town Council, two portable ramps.
All the equipment is being very well used, and the Mayor would like to point out that funding has been raised from grants and sponsorship, and to re-iterate that the extra equipment was kindly donated by Park Leisure.
There has been talk that pot holes should be repaired instead, but pot holes come under the remit of Essex County Council.