Work to build a new children's playpark in Weymouth is to restart.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is spending £90,000, funded by off-site developer contributions, on an exciting new play facility on the Marsh behind the swimming pool.

It was hoped to be open in time for the school holidays – however work was halted after 'potentially hazardous' materials were found underneath the ground, prompting investigations.

The council said as the site was previously used for landfill a mixture of materials had been found, including some old building materials, that could "potentially be hazardous".

Following samples taken from the ground, the council can now proceed.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Briefholder for Community Facilities said; “Our aim is to create a new and safe place for children to play, so it was very important that the council ensured that the site was safe before further work took place.

"We have now received a report on the soil samples and have received professional advice on how to proceed with the project.

"A meeting has since taken place with the play park provider and work will commence on August 20 and take two to three weeks to complete.”

The scheme has been developed by the Friends of the Marsh which has worked with the borough council and consulted residents.

It is part of wider plan to improve the Marsh.

A previous park at the site behind the swimming pool was removed several years ago.

In February an event was held where families and residents were invited to view designs and put forward their ideas for the new play area.

The play area has cost £80,000 and the new galvanised bow top fencing an additional £11,650.

The play area will be suitable for children aged between 3-12 years and includes a climbing hut, seesaw, trampolines, a combination swing, zip wire and much more. The equipment is accessible to as many children as possible, balancing different needs according to abilities. This includes equipment suitable for children with motor, visual and hearing impairments, as well as those with learning difficulties.

Plans for more improvements will follow, including the installation of a skate park and a BMX track.

To celebrate the opening of the new play area, the Friends of The Marsh will be hosting a Family Fun Day, details of which will be announced in due course.