A PLAY area in Watchet could receive more than £14,000 for play equipment if proposals get the go-ahead next week (January 9).

West Somerset Council cabinet members are expected to agree to allocate £14,536 to provide two separate play areas at Liddymore Estate.

The application, made by Watchet Town Council, would create a ‘midi-line maxiplay’ unit for children under the age of five, set on a safety surface and an adventure trail for children under eight years old, set upon existing grass.

Watchet Ward Councillor David Westcott, community portfolio holder at West Somerset Council, welcomed the plans.

He told the Gazette: “We’ve been replacing equipment at other parks over the last five years but, with more children coming into the area, the Liddymore play equipment needed re-vamping.

“Very little has been done to improve its facilities in the last 20 to 30 years.

“Children need a safe place to play and there are different designs for different age groups, so I hope it will be enjoyed by many.”

Both sets of equipment have been designed with safety in mind to make them accessible to children with disabilities.

The funds have been taken from Section 106 money granted by planning obligations of other building projects in the area.

A decision on whether the money will be granted for the project will be made at a cabinet meeting on January 9.