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The play area in Mill Road is to be upgraded with a castle-themed design, thanks to a joint project between Arundel Town Council and Arun District Council.

The former Mayor of Arundel, Lucy Ashworth, carried out consultation at local schools in Arundel to enable students to help shape the plans. Proposals were then obtained from several play companies and the students were given the deciding vote to choose their top design.

Wicksteed Ltd was the winning bidder with its design, which was favoured by students because of its exciting Fort Knox climbing unit and crusader rope swing.

Councillor Dan Purchese, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “This iconic play area is set for a fantastic new upgrade. The play area is extremely popular due to its unique setting in close proximity to Arundel Castle and the refurbishment will ensure that it can continue to be used for many years to come.”

The enhancements are due to start in early June 2019 with the aim of installing the new play equipment in time for the school summer holidays.