Playground inspection numbers and management

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Dear Lancaster City Council,

Thank you in advance for your time answering this request. I am interested in knowing about the Council's digitisation of Playground inspections, as per Central Government's push for Councils to move to a digital approach for managing its assets and tasks.

I would like to know how many Playground and/or Play Area inspections are carried out each week for Playgrounds you are responsible for? Also, are these inspections completed by an in-house Council team or are they conducted by a contracted 3rd party company?

Does the Council use digital play inspection software for recording and managing these inspections? If yes, which software is used and how much does it cost the Council on an annual basis for this solution.

Yours faithfully,

James Taylor

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear James Taylor,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 24th August 2020 and is now being processed under the Freedom
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Dear info,

I am hoping to get an update on my FOI request. I appreciate that there may be delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, but we are now an additional couple of weeks beyond the usual timescale. Is there any indication of how much longer this may take for a full reply please?

Yours sincerely,

James Taylor

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear James Taylor,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 3518

Thank you for your request received on 24th August 2020 in which you asked
for the following information from Lancaster City Council:

 

 1. I would like to know how many Playground and/or Play Area inspections
are carried out each week for Playgrounds you are responsible for? 
 2. Also, are these inspections completed by an in-house Council team or
are they conducted by a contracted 3rd party company?
 3. Does the Council use digital play inspection software for recording
and managing these inspections?  If yes, which software is used and
how much does it cost the Council on an annual basis for this
solution.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.  This information
ahs just been passed to me today by our Public Realm team.

 

 1. Please see the attached sheet.  Column C represents annual formal
ROSPA inspections (internally trained). The other columns indicate the
visual inspections carried out by internal staff on a weekly or
fortnightly basis

2.   In house team mostly but also the Council contracts the Play
Inspection Company to formally inspect each play park annually.

3.   Yes, the Council does use digital play inspection software, from the
Play Inspection Company. The cost for this is £3630 p/a.

 

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J McGrath

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