FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

22 August 2018

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



East Herts Council Response

22 August 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

17 September 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

FOI F18/001088 - Play equipment,  Sept 2018

 

  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?

62 East Herts Council owned/managed play areas

 46 Parish / Town Council owned/managed play areas that we are aware of (not including schools  etc as we do not hold this information)

 

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 – East Herts Play Budgets 2016/17:

Wear and damage repair

 

£18,050

Inspections

 

£103,300

Equipment

 

£14,850

Misc Hired & Contracted

 

£7,450

CAPITAL – open space and play projects

 

£20,000

Total 2016/17

 

£163,650

 

•             2017-18 – East Herts Play Budgets 2017/18:

Wear and damage repair

 

£18,050

Inspections

 

£103,300

Equipment

 

£14,850

Misc Hired & Contracted

 

£7,450

CAPITAL – open space and play projects

 

£50,000

Total 2017/18

 

£193,650

 

 

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 – East Herts Play Budgets 2018/19:

Wear and damage repair

 

£18,050

Inspections

 

£103,300

Equipment

 

£14,850

Misc Hired & Contracted

 

£7,450

CAPITAL – open space and play projects

 

£50,000

Total 2017/18

 

£193,650

 

•             2019-20NOT KNOWN AT PRESENT

•             2020-21NOT KNOWN AT PRESENT

 

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 - 0

•             2017-18 - 0

 

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 - 0

•             2019-20 - 0

•             2020-21 -  to early to predict this

 

 

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.