Plans for an upgrade of the children’s play areas at Wincheap in Canterbury and Burton Down in Beltinge are out to public consultation.

The city council has a total of £180,000 of funding, partly from developers as a result of granted planning applications, available for the refurbishment projects. Two designs are in the running at each site. They feature a range of exciting and imaginative play equipment for children of all ages, including items that are accessible for children with disabilities.

A consultation event will take place for the Wincheap scheme at Jubilee Hall in Cow Lane on Thursday 23 March between 6pm and 8pm.

There will also be consultation for Burton Down at Reculver and Beltinge Memorial Hall in Reculver Road on Wednesday 22 March, again between 6pm and 8pm.

Alternatively, the designs can be seen on the council’s Facebook page (Wincheap, Burton Down), where comments on the two designs can be made. Views can be emailed to rebecca.booth@canterbury.gov.uk as well.

The council is also consulting with pupils at Wincheap Primary School and Herne Bay Infants and Junior Schools to help shape the final design of their respective play areas. The aim is to carry out the refurbishments during late spring/early summer and reopen them in time for the school summer holidays.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “The play equipment at both Wincheap and Burton Down is dated and nearing the end of its life, but these sites are popular with families and we have identified them as a high priority for refurbishment and improvement.

“We’re keen to hear what people think of the designs during the consultation and then to getting on with the projects so that they’re ready for the summer.”