Decision details

Replacement of Parks Outdoor Play Equipment 2017/18

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Community Services, Cabinet Member - Finance and Efficiency

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Single Member approval is required to deliver year 2 of a 3 year programme of end-of-life equipment replacement at B&NES play areas across the district.


Cabinet Members gave an approval to release capital expenditure of £278k on essential improvements to outdoor play areas owned and managed by B&NES across the District.

Reasons for the decision:

This allows the annual rolling programme of replacement and regeneration of Council owned play equipment to carry on modernising and upgrading ageing children’s play areas. This is essential in order to avoid outdoor play areas becoming dilapidated or requiring removal.

Alternative options considered:

To not undertake any improvement works. This would mean that the Council would be in breach of its legal duties, in breach of its safety responsibilities and risk failing to meet the minimum requirements for insurance cover, and  compelled  to remove equipment (and/or close play areas) which would face widespread public opposition.

Publication date: 08/03/2017

Date of decision: 08/03/2017

Effective from: 16/03/2017

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