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Brighton and Hove playgrounds to get £149,000 boost

Improvements worth £149,000 are to be made to five playgrounds for children with disabilities in Brighton and Hove.

Children will be asked for their ideas for equipment including designs with wheelchair access or suitable for those with visual impairment.

Brighton and Hove City Council is using government funding to pay for improvements.

Councillor Pete West said: "We will be working with young people with disabilities to get their ideas."

St Anne's Well Gardens in Hove, East Hill Park in Portslade, Happy Valley playground in Woodingdean, Wish Park in Hove and The Level in Brighton will benefit from the work.

The improvements to disabled play equipment will be carried out in addition to other refurbishment work at the five playgrounds.

The government funding is part of the Short Breaks Capital Grant Aiming High for Disabled Children programme.

Amanda Mortensen, who has a child with disabilities, said: "Children across the city, who have a disability or special educational needs, will delight in the new playground developments.

"The introduction of sensory and musical equipment is inspired and will reach children who are not stimulated by classic park equipment.

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