Council seeks community’s view on Shire playparks

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Children and parents are being asked for their views on improving public playparks in Aberdeenshire as part of a council consultation.

A consultation period has begun as part of a review of children’s playparks by Aberdeenshire Council, which aims to provide the best quality play areas in the best locations with the money available.

There will be a series of public meetings and presentations as part of the consultation and feedback can also be given via an online survey.

There are currently 446 council play parks across the council’s six local areas. Key elements to be addressed in the review include: equity and location of provision, play value, condition, safety, funding models, partnership working and maintenance and replacement regimes.

Around £550,000 is spent every year on managing and maintaining local facilities owned by the council.

Over half of that is used to ensure the sites are adequately inspected and repaired.

The review will look at current play park provision and gather the widest possible view on the existing play park portfolio as a whole, and on individual sites.

Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, said: “We’re keen to ensure that the investment we make in our play parks meets the long term needs and aspirations of our communities.”

Paper copies of the consultation are available from all Aberdeenshire libraries.