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Meeting of the Executive held on 13/06/2006
Playground Replacement Programme



APPENDIX J
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE – 13TH JUNE 2006
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Title:
PLAYGROUND REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

The Council has allocated 358,000 in this year's capital programme and 300,000 and 200,000 in the next two year's draft capital programmes to replace and upgrade some of the 59 play areas it is responsible for. This report sets out the planned programme for this work.
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Environmental implications:

Many of the play areas are in need of refurbishment this programme will help to improve the environmental appearance of the sites identified.

Social / community implications:

Play areas are valued facilities within our communities. Free and accessible to all, they contribute to providing children with safe and healthy activities. Children need the opportunity to develop their physical skills through play and challenging play facilities, which are well equipped and safe.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

The Council has allocated 358,000 in this year's capital programme and 300,000 and 200,000 in the next two year's draft capital programmes to undertake the replacement programme. As play equipment gets older it becomes more difficult and costly to repair, this programme of upgrades will have a positive effect on the on-going revenue costs for repairs.
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Introduction

1. The Council has a duty of care to maintain its play equipment in safe working order and it informs its management of the risks associated with these facilities with daily inspections carried out by the Council’s Grounds Maintenance contractors, six monthly inspections by Zurich Municipal, the Council’s insurers, and annual inspections by a RoSPA approved independent specialist playground inspector. Detailed reports are produced providing recommended actions required by the Council in order to meet its duty of care responsibilities.

Programme of Replacements

2. The recommendations arising from the reports outlined above have formed the basis for the planned programme of replacements and upgrades, which is attached at Annexe 1. The programme takes account of the priorities for replacement.

3. Some of the play areas identified require a significant amount of replacement equipment. To ensure that the re-provision meets the needs of local users, officers are arranging for local consultations to be carried out. The consultation for the larger schemes will include the following elements:

a. Questionnaires to local residents and key stakeholders
b. On-site public consultation with users in the identified play areas (these events will be publicised in the play area prior to the event to attract as many users to contribute to the consultation)
c. The results of the consultation will assist in the development of a specification for the replacement scheme.
d. The public will also be given the opportunity to feedback directly to the Council electronically

4. For other schemes identified, the replacement requirements may only relate to individual pieces of equipment or for small elements of the play area. Where this is the case, the schemes have been highlighted in the programme as ‘like for like’.

Conclusion

5. The replacement programme set out in this report is significant both in terms of cost and logistics. Officers from both the Parks and Countryside Service and Engineers will be working together to oversee the implementation of this programme. To ensure the replacement scheme is successful, the community will be encouraged to contribute to the development of the specification for the major schemes.

Recommendation

The Executive is recommended to approve the planned programme as set out in Annexe 1.
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Background Papers (DoEL)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Julie Maskery Telephone: 01483 523432
E-mail: jmaskery@waverley.gov.uk


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