ASSOCIATION OF PLAY INDUSTRIES - Public Play Facilities

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Dear Southend on Sea 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

Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear S Lubrano,

 

Thank you for your request received on 21.08.18 for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request should receive a reply by
19.09.18.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch quoting the FOI reference
number FOI 07568.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dominic Sexton – Corporate Freedom of Information Team – Southend-on-Sea
Borough Council

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Dear Mr Lubrano

 

In response to your Freedom of information request number 7568, in which
you asked the following questions

 

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?

a.         2016-17

b.         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?

a.         2018-19

b.         2019-20

c.         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?

a.         2016-17

b.         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?

a.         2018-19

b.         2019-20

c.         2020-21

 

 I can confirm that a search for the information has been completed.

 

1.     43.

2.     

a.         No dedicated allocated revenue budget.

b.         No dedicated allocated revenue budget. £50,000 capital
investment.

3.     

a.         No dedicated allocated revenue budget. £75,000 capital
investment.

b.         No dedicated allocated revenue budget. £250,000 capital
investment.

c.         No dedicated allocated revenue budget.

4.     

a.         None

b.         None

5.     

a.         None

b.         None

c.         None

 

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Kind regards

 

Debee Skinner | Business Intelligence Officer | Southend-on-Sea Borough
Council

 

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