WORK is underway to create a new play area in West End.

The £59,604 project will see two self-closing gates, a roundabout, cradle swing, basket swing and a hammock style swing installed at the new play area on the Mill Gardens housing estate.

A climbing wall, a seven-station adventure trail with grass cell mats as well as a trampoline, a play tunnel and play mound and a ladybird and a caterpillar spring item will also be installed at the site.

Children who will visit the new play area will also have the chance to enjoy a multi-play item with bridges, climbing ramps, a slide and a firefighter’s pole.

Seats and litter bins will also be installed.

The Eastleigh Borough Council’s project comes after the authority asked local residents to have their say about the equipment they wanted in the play area.

Children and adults were then asked to choose their favourite design, which is the one developed by Vitaplay limited.

Cllr Dan Clarke, chair of the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee, said: “I am delighted that the play area promised to residents of Mill Gardens is being delivered because it’s vital that all families have high quality play areas close to their homes.

“I am also pleased residents have been able to have input into the design of the play area and the equipment which will be included in it. This is very good news indeed.”

The scheme is funded by developers’s contribution.

Town bosses said they are hoping the new play area will be open in time for Easter.