We are responsible for maintaining the playgrounds at the following open spaces:
There are a number of different types of playground inspections and maintenance works that are carried out.
All playground reported accidents are assessed in relation to the equipment being used. Precautionary closures could occur until the site has been inspected and declared it fit for use.
Once inspections have been carried out, a list of defects is sent to our grounds maintenance contractor with an instruction to arrange for any repairs.
Equipment that requires repair is isolated using temporary fencing with notices attached stating that the equipment is defective and awaiting repair.
There may be occasions when it is impractical to isolate a single piece of equipment and the entire playground will need to be closed. If this happens, notices will be placed on the fencing and entry gates advising the users of this and stating the reasons for the closure and the likely timetable for repair or replacement.
We have an program of both renewal of equipment or complete refurbishment where this proves to be necessary.
This happens when it is deemed cheaper to renew than repair the equipment. It will be carried out without consultation with users. The new equipment will be provided on a like-for-like basis using similar and updated equipment.
This happens when it becomes necessary to refurbish a playground in its entirety. We will carry out a consultation with users, Council Ward Members and other interested parties on the proposals. The results of the consultation will guide the development of layout plans and final designs for the refurbishment of the playground. A timetable for the works will be published at the site.