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Youngsters have been getting to grips with some of the play equipment installed at the new Wynhill teenage adventure area in Bingham.

The new equipment, provided by Proludic Ltd, is aimed at teenagers.

There are two pieces of equipment designed to simulate extreme sports called the Rodeo Board, which gives youngsters a windsurfing experience, and the Twinfly, which provides a taste of skydiving.

Also at the site are fitness equipment, a shelter area and a goal end with a basketball net.

The equipment cost more than £30,000 and was paid for by Bingham Town Council through a series of grants.

One youngster, Shane Hook (11) of Langdale Grove, Bingham, said he was impressed with the new adventure area.

He said: “I like it. I will use it a lot.”

His mother, Mrs Julie Hook (43) said the new equipment looked good but feared it was tucked away on the playing fields and older youngsters could damage it when others were not there.

Mrs Hook said she was also concerned the goal end was quite close to the railway tracks behind the adventure area.

The town clerk, Mr Alan Harvey, said there had been consulation and he did not think there had been any concerns expressed about the location.

Mr Harvey said the council had thought a lot about the location of the adventure area.

He said that if the positioning of the equipment — close to the railway tracks — became an issue, they could look at providing netting.

Children from Toot Hill School, Bingham, originally came up with suggestions for the project including providing some basic fitness equipment.

Several teenagers then attended a presentation from Proludic Ltd at the Old Courthouse in September to get a taste of some of the equipment available.

The presentation was given by the company’s area manager, Mr Adam Dickerson, and featured video clips of equipment being used.

The public had a further chance to see what would be on offer at an exhibition at Bingham Rugby Club.

Bingham Town council was given £7,000 from Award For All for the project.

It also received £19,300 from the Big Lottery Fund, £6,600 from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Building Better Communities scheme and contributed £2,000 from its own resources.

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