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Over £100,000 invested into revamping Dunblane playpark facilities

Around £106,000 has been spent on a refurbishment of the play area at Laigh Hills park in Dunblane.

There is a new range of play equipment including a multi climber unit, see saw, toddler rotator and zip wire.

Older equipment has been replaced with new apparatus, including a basket swing, cradle seat and flat seat swings, enabling a variety of play experiences being available for all age groups.

Work has also been done to introduce an improved entrance feature, implement additional seating and there has also been additional bulb and tree planting.

Stirling Council says funding for the improvements came from contributions of over £56,000 from Mansell Homes and nearly £50,000 from Ogilvie Homes/A&L Kings Builders (now Stewart Milne Homes).

Councillor Jim Thomson, the local authority’s Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, said: 

“The refurbishment of the playpark with such a wide variety of new and improved equipment has produced a fantastic facility that I am sure the children will have a great time using.

“We want our children to be as active and healthy as possible, and the improvements made to the playpark is a great example of how committed we are as a council to providing facilities that will help them achieve this.”

But a Dunblane councillor thinks more equipment should be put into the park.

Councillor Alastair Majury’s ward includes the town as well as Bridge of Allan – he said:

“I am pleased the money from house developers has been used to improve the play area and that it includes inclusive play equipment so as many children as possible can enjoy using it.

“I would like to see the council spend some of its own money as well and add some outdoor fitness equipment.

“That would be very popular.

“Why not have a public consultation?”