Council seeks your views on playpark provision

This park in Newtonhill has been undergoing refurbishment work recently.
This park in Newtonhill has been undergoing refurbishment work recently.

Parents and children will be asked for their views as part of a review of play parks to be undertaken across Aberdeenshire.

Councillors have instructed officers to undertake the review, aimed at providing the best quality play areas in the best locations with the money available.

Play equipment.

Play equipment.

Key elements to be addressed include equity and location of provision, play value, condition, safety, funding models, partnership working and maintenance and replacement regimes.

A nine-month consultation exercise, including a series of public meetings and presentations, will be undertaken.

The process was approved by members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) recently.

The committee heard that around £550,000 was spent annually on managing and maintaining the sites. Over half that sum was required to ensure they were adequately inspected and repaired, including a thorough annual safety inspection to identify risk levels, overall conditions, play value and defects.

Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, told the committee: “We’re keen to see in the longer term that we have the provision correct in terms of the public’s aspirations.”

For more information, and an indicative timescale for the consultation, see the report on the council’s website.