Dear Poole Borough 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

Strategy Team - Information, Poole Borough Council

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Dear Poole Borough 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? 72

 

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 £32,500 (for maintenance) – new play areas depends
on external funding, (101, CIL etc)

•             2017-18 £32,000 (for maintenance) – new play areas depends
on external funding, (101, CIL etc)

 

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 £32,000 (for maintenance) – new play areas depends
on external funding, (101, CIL etc)

•             2019-20 Not finalised

•             2020-21 Not finalised

 

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 none

•             2017-18 none

 

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 Unknown due to imminent local government
reorganisation

•             2020-21 Unknown due to imminent local government
reorganisation

 

Data to be collated into excel spreadsheet.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Samuel Lubrano

 

 

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strictly necessary for the purpose of this email, without prior written
consent which may be subject to conditions. Any view or opinions presented
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the Borough of Poole. The Borough of Poole reserves the right to inspect
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