More than 1,000 take part in consultation

THE PUBLIC consultation into the condition of equipment in playparks throughout Angus concluded on Friday.

More than 1,000 people filled in all or part of the online or paper surveys relating to the condition of play equipment in their local parks.

The consultation follows a report which identified that a number of playparks had issues with obsolete, difficult to repair equipment or did not meet current health and safety standards.

While it is proposed play equipment may have to be removed from a number of the county’s play parks, the surrounding park areas will remain accessible to the public.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to fill in the survey forms and hope that by extending the time available to do this, everyone who wished to do so was able to express their opinions.

“The next step will be a report to committee in January where we will look at the details of the survey results for each area, and decisions will be made at a later date.”

Although the council has invested heavily in recent years to redevelop play areas, a recent report on play park provision identified 51 play parks with 173 items of equipment that could be removed and 50 play parks which should be retained and developed.

Of the 50 play parks proposed for retention, 28 sites are in need of upgrading ideally within the next one to three years, at an estimated cost of £1.21 million. The 51 sites identified for removal of equipment would require further funding of around £705,000 in addition to the £1.21 million, giving a total funding requirement of £1.91 million.

Angus Council recently highlighted the potential £45 million shortfall in the capital programme funding.

The £1.91 million requirement for play parks would be in addition to the £45 million shortfall already identified in the council’s capital programme. Removing equipment from the 51 play parks would save £31,000 annually in staff and maintenance costs.