FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

01 March 2019

  1. How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10?
  2. How many children’s playgrounds (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget in each year since 2009-10?
  3. How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10?
  4. How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year?
  5. Has the local authority charged for the use of any children’s playgrounds under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced, how much was this charge introduced and how many children’s play areas the charge has applied to in each year since 2009-10?


East Herts Council Response

01 March 2019

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.

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Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

28 March 2019

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

  1. How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10?

Year

Total number

2009/10

54

2010/11

56

2011/12

56

2012/13

56

2013/14

56

2014/15

57

2015/16

60

2016/17

62

2017/18

62

2018/19

62

 
  1. How many children’s playgrounds (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget in each year since 2009-10?

 

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  1. How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10?

Year

Revenue Spend

Capital Spend

2009/10

£114684

£79119

2010/11

£120626

£161304

2011/12

£120621

£50000

2012/13

£131639

£50000

2013/14

£136039

£49712

2014/15

£129536

£50000

2015/16

£126662

£50000

2016/17

£134009

£49863

2017/18

£142268

£19703

2018/19

£112021

£36265

 
  1. How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year?

None

  1. Has the local authority charged for the use of any children’s playgrounds under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced, how much was this charge introduced and how many children’s play areas the charge has applied to in each year since 2009-10?

The Council has introduced no usage charges for childrens play areas since

2009-10

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 0303 123 1113

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.