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FOI 12327

Childrens Play Areas

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the Local Authority provide me with the following information:

 1. How many children’s play areas were managed by the local authority in each year since 2009-10?

2. How many children’s play areas have been built and refurbished by the local authority in each year since 2005-06?

3. How many children’s play areas (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget?

4. Whether the local authority charges for the use of any children’s play areas under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced?

 

Response

1. How many children’s play areas were managed by the local authority in each year since 2009-10?

The number of play areas managed by the local authority has remained unchanged since 2009 till the present day and stands at 26 sites, in addition to this inspection services are undertaken for Parish Councils at a further 10 sites.

2. How many children’s play areas have been built and refurbished by the local authority in each year since 2005-06?

The Borough Council has undertaken the following number of refurbishments in the corresponding years:
2005/06 - 2
2006/07 - 0
2007/08 - 1
2008/09 - 1
2009/10 - 1
2010/11 - 0
2011/12 - 1
2012/13 - 0
2013/14 - 0
2014/15 - 1
2015/16 - 0

There have been no new facilities created.

3. How many children’s play areas (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget?

There have been no play areas closed by this Borough in the requested years specified nor are there any planned or approved closures at this time.

4. Whether the local authority charges for the use of any children’s play areas under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced?

No play areas are charged for use in the borough unless they are on private land.