Selsey play park is finally reopened after ‘arson attack’

All aboard members of Selsey Town Council on the centre piece of the new playground at East Beach, Selsey. (l-r) cllr.Mike Beal, cllr. John Fletcher, cllr. Carol Purnell, Town Clerk Gill Jennings, (at back) cllr. John Hiscock, and Steve Newman.
All aboard members of Selsey Town Council on the centre piece of the new playground at East Beach, Selsey. (l-r) cllr.Mike Beal, cllr. John Fletcher, cllr. Carol Purnell, Town Clerk Gill Jennings, (at back) cllr. John Hiscock, and Steve Newman.

SELSEY’S East Beach playground has reopened after a devastating arson attack.

The wooden pirate ship destroyed in a fire was rebuilt, at the cost of £30,000 to the town council.

The playground fire in Selsey on Wednesday, October 31. Picture by Wayne Kennedy

The playground fire in Selsey on Wednesday, October 31. Picture by Wayne Kennedy

“It has been rebuilt like for like,” said the clerk of Selsey Town Council, Gill Jennings.

Last October the playground at East Beach Selsey fell victim to an alleged arson attack, which destroyed the wooden ship and closed the playground to the public.

The new play park had only been open for one year, almost to the day, before the attack on Halloween.

The equipment was completely destroyed by the fire, and three youths are due to appear in youth court over the incident at the end of the month.

Members of Selsey Town Council at the opening of the rebuilt East Beach playground. (i-r) Cllr. John Fletcher, Cllr: Steve Newman, Cllr. John Hiscock, Cllr. Mike Beal, Cllr. Carol Purnell, and Town Clerk Gill Jennings,

Members of Selsey Town Council at the opening of the rebuilt East Beach playground. (i-r) Cllr. John Fletcher, Cllr: Steve Newman, Cllr. John Hiscock, Cllr. Mike Beal, Cllr. Carol Purnell, and Town Clerk Gill Jennings,

Due to legal reasons they cannot be named.

Since the park reopened last week, the park has been buzzing with children eager to get back to their play park.

There was some debate at a town council meeting as to whether the ship should be replaced, or if something different should be put in the playground.

Town councillor Jean Etheridge believed it was vital to recreate the original structure.

“If we don’t replace like-for-like they have won, ” she said.