ASSOCIATION OF PLAY INDUSTRIES - Public Play Facilities

Samuel Lubrano made this Freedom of Information request to Bedford Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 312 authorities

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Dear Bedford 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

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Samuel Lubrano

 

Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 –
Request No.12951

 

Thank you for your request for information about Public Play Facilities,
which we received on 21^st August 2018. Your request has been considered
under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please see your request and our response below:

 

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?
123.        

                                                                               

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

Year Budget Amount
2016/17 £163,720 (Includes capital project)
2017/18 £100,740

                                                                                 

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

Year Budget Amount
2018/19 £118,450 (Includes capital project)
2019/20 £83,450
2020/21 £83,450

 

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 that were managed by Bedford Borough Council - Do not have
data on privately run play areas in the Borough.
2017/18 - None that were managed by Bedford Borough Council - Do not have
data on privately run play areas in the Borough.
                                                                  

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 that were managed by Bedford Borough Council  - 0%     
2019/20 - None that were managed by Bedford Borough Council  - 0%     
2020/21 - None that were managed by Bedford Borough Council  - 0%     

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Andrea Bechtle

FOI & EIR Officer - Environment

Bedford Borough Council

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