GRANT funding will be sought for adult gym equipment to be in place on the Recreation Ground in Fordingbridge.

Fordingbridge Town Council’s amenities committee agreed to submit a request for funding to Hampshire County Council.

Councillor John Mouland said he liked the idea of the equipment being sited near the footpaths so that they were “easily accessible”. An area suggested was around the memorial gardens and The Kiosk.

Councillor Anna Wilson said the grant money was intended to help projects to tackle loneliness in older people and stop isolation.

But she added equipment was available for older people and she had found a company specialising in this type of equipment.

Councillor Diane Paton added: “It would be quite nice to have some adult gym equipment as well that is for slightly younger people. It would be nice if we could cater for both sections.”

Cllr Wilson said: “It would be good to have something alongside it so you have got an older person and a younger person doing something.”

To encourage additional exercise and activity, Councillor Pete White suggested placing it parallel by the path that runs along the river and to space out the equipment so people are able to increase their exercise by going to the different apparatus.