ASSOCIATION OF PLAY INDUSTRIES - Public Play Facilities

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Dear Worcester City Council,

2 years ago, we were hearing from our members that installations of new playground equipment were falling in England and that this was due directly to a lack of funding within local authorities. This worried us and our members at a time when Childhood obesity is increasing and there are more instances of divided communities. In order to quantify what was happening we commissioned a report which resulted in our #nowheretoplay campaign highlighting the extent of the problem. We believe it is now time to refresh our information and to once again highlight to government the problems resulting from a reduction in children’s play facilities. We would therefore urge you to support us in the FOI request.

1. How many public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) do you currently have available to the public in your LA area?

2. What was your total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) in each of the following years?

• 2016-17
• 2017-18

3. What is your expected total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) in each of the following years?

• 2018-19
• 2019-20
• 2020-21

4. How many public playgrounds and play facilities were closed in your LA area and what proportion of your total play facilities did this represent, in each of the following years?

• 2016-17
• 2017-18

5. How many public playgrounds and play facilities do you expect will close and what proportion of your total play facilities will this represent, in each of the following years?

• 2018-19
• 2019-20
• 2020-21

Data to be collated into excel spreadsheet.

Yours faithfully,

Samuel Lubrano

FOI, Worcester City Council

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07/09/2018

Our Ref: 201820540/JP

Email: [2][Worcester City Council request email]

 

 

Dear Samuel Lubrano,

 

Thank you for your below Freedom of Information request sent to Worcester
City Council.

 

Response:

1.           How many public play facilities (including playgrounds,
adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) do you currently have available
to the public in your LA area?

Worcester City Council currently has 44 play facilities available.

 

2.           What was your total budget for public play facilities
(including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) in each
of the following years?

 

·         2016-17- £100,000

·         2017-18 - £241,000

 

3.           What is your expected total budget for public play facilities
(including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks, etc.) in each
of the following years?

 

·         2018-19 - £343,000

·         2019-20 - £165,000

·         2020-21 - £165,000

 

4.           How many public playgrounds and play facilities were closed
in your LA area and what proportion of your total play facilities did this
represent, in each of the following years?

 

·         2016-17 – One out of 45 was closed.

·         2017-18 – None were closed.

 

5.           How many public playgrounds and play facilities do you expect
will close and what proportion of your total play facilities will this
represent, in each of the following years?

 

·         2018-19 – None.

·         2019-20 – None.

·         2020-21 -  None.

 

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