Deadline for responses to playpark review to be extended further two weeks

Eden Park in Peterhead.
Eden Park in Peterhead.

The deadline for responses to a survey on the future of Aberdeenshire’s playparks has been extended by two weeks.

A review of children’s play parks is being undertaken across Aberdeenshire and parents and children are being asked for their views as part of the process.

The review is aimed at providing the best quality play areas in the best locations with the money available.

The online survey is part of a nine-month consultation exercise which included public meetings and was due to end this week.

It will now run until Friday, November 14.

There are currently 446 council play areas and key elements to be addressed include: equity and location of provision, play value, condition, safety, funding models, partnership working and maintenance and replacement regimes.

Around £550,000 is spent annually on managing and maintaining the sites.

Over half that sum is required to ensure the sites are adequately inspected and repaired.

This includes a thorough annual safety inspection to identify risk levels, overall conditions, Play Value and defects.

The remaining budget is available to fund upgrading and replacement of existing equipment.

However, the costs associated with the purchase and installation of new equipment are substantial and the current budget gives limited opportunity for major improvements.

The review will look at current play park provision and through the consultation phase gather the widest possible view on the existing play park portfolio as a whole, and on individual sites.

The process will look at a range of issues in order to identify a strategy that delivers the optimum provision.

You can see more information and take part in the consultation online. (http://bit.ly/1oakndn)