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Meeting of the Executive held on 03/10/2006
PLAYGROUND REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME



Summary & Purpose
The Council has allocated 918,000 over the next three years to replace and upgrade some of the 59 play areas it is responsible for. This report updates members on progress with the programme for this work.

APPENDIX F
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE – 3rd october 2006

Title:
PLAYGROUND REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME
[Wards Affected:All Wards]

Summary and purpose:

The Council has allocated 918,000 over the next three years to replace and upgrade some of the 59 play areas it is responsible for. This report updates members on progress with the programme for this work.

Environmental implications:

Many of the play areas are in need of refurbishment and 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 918,000 of capital expenditure over the next three years to undertake the replacement programme. As play equipment gets older it becomes more difficult and costly to repair and therefore this programme of upgrades will have a positive effect on the on-going revenue costs for repairs.

This is a significant capital procurement programme, given the current staffing difficulties within the Parks & Landscape Team external support has been sought to deliver the programme. The costs associated with this support will be met through the capital budget.


Timetable

1. The proposed timetable associated with the first year of the planned programme is attached at Annexe 1. The programme takes account of the priorities for replacement and may be subject to change depending on contractors lead in and delivery times. Whilst every attempt has been made to identify specific dates, these may be subject to change.

Conclusion

2. The replacement programme set out in this report is significant both in terms of cost and logistics. Officers from both the Parks and Landscape and Engineers Services will be working together to support the implementation of this programme in conjunction with an external part-time project manager who will act as clerk of works. To ensure the replacement scheme is successful, the community will be encouraged to contribute to the development of the specification for the major schemes. The Town and Parish Council’s will also be sent notification of the programme.

Recommendation

The Executive is recommended to note the progress with the planned programme. as set out in Annexe 1.

Background Papers (DoEL)

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


CONTACT OFFICER:

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

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