There are approximately 280 play areas in East Suffolk, with 63 of them being owned and managed by East Suffolk Council. Play provision refers to areas designated primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people, such as equipped play areas, ball courts, skateboard areas and teenage shelters.
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The provision of children’s play areas and youth/casual facilities within parks and open spaces varies across the district. It ranges from play areas containing just a few items of equipment, to ‘flagship’ schemes such as Martello Park and Royal Green.
Play areas can be classified in the following ways to identify their effective target audience utilising Fields In Trust (FIT) guidance.
An independent assessment was carried out on all the play areas in East Suffolk by Knight, Kavanagh and Page Ltd (KKP) and were commissioned to provide a play area strategy and the Play Inspection company provide focus on what play areas need improving.
East Suffolk Council will be working with the local Parish/Town Councils and the local community to implement improvements of the play areas throughout the district.
East Suffolk’s parks and green spaces are great places to exercise and relax. However, it is vital that we respect these spaces and behave appropriately so they can be enjoyed by everyone.
When using East Suffolk’s parks or green spaces, please ensure the following:
East Suffolk District Council is the main provider of play facilities in the local area and is responsible for the development, improvement and maintenance of district owned play spaces.
We also work with parish and town councils, housing associations and local community groups, to assist with the delivery of play facilities.
With the help of the community, we are working towards providing well designed, new play areas while improving existing facilities. Our aim is to meet local needs and to complement neighbouring play areas as well as provide a suitable range of equipment for all ages within a reasonable distance.
Play areas are regularly inspected and risk assessments are made to help maintain the assets in a safe condition. Our Parks Team has a dedicated officer whose job it is to regularly inspect the play areas. During the inspection, safety checks are made on the equipment and the site is examined for other hazards, such as broken glass.
The inspector carries the tools necessary for carrying out routine maintenance and simple repairs immediately. Larger works may require specialist contractors and/or materials and are reported back to the office and programmed accordingly. We also carry out quarterly engineering inspections and commission independent annual inspections.
|Contact us to report a problem with a play area, such as broken equipment, vandalism, glass, excessive litter or anti-social behaviour