ANGUS Council have began their four week consultation into the closure of playparks and the removal of play equipment in a bid to save cash.
In Arbroath 13 playparks have been earmarked for removal with four in Carnoustie and three in Monifieth.
The move follows a report which identified that half of the playparks in Angus were causing issues such as obsolete or difficult to repair equipment that do not meet current health and safety standards.
While it is proposed that play equipment may be removed from specific playparks, the surrounding park areas will remain accessible to the public.
Members of the public are now being asked to answer a number of questions, including if they agree with the assessments of playparks set for closure, and how often they use their local or other parks.
Angus Council convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “During the last past few years, the council has invested heavily in the redevelopment of play parks in Montrose, Monifieth, Carnoustie, and Kirriemuir, and most recently at West Links in Arbroath, with Forfar Lochside being scheduled for improvement this financial year.
“This is over and above numerous other smaller developments across Angus, which provides playpark centres of excellence spread over the county.
“These redeveloped play areas provide safe, imaginative and up-to-date play parks that cater for all ages and give outstanding play value, by using modern equipment that complies with all current safety standards.
“Unfortunately, there are older play areas where equipment is causing issues and we need to look at where provision is best placed for the future, hence the reason for going out to consultation.”
The report on play park provision identified 51 playparks with 173 items of equipment that should be removed and 50 playparks which should be retained and developed.
Of the 50 playparks proposed for retention, 28 sites are in need of upgrading ideally within the next one to three years, at an estimated cost of £1.21 million.
The 51 sites identified for removal would require further funding of around £705,000 in addition to the £1.21 million, giving a total funding requirement of £1.91 million.
Angus Council recently highlighted the potential £45 million shortfall in the capital programme funding.
The £1.91 million requirement for play parks would be in addition to the £45 million shortfall already identified in the council’s capital programme.
Closing the 51 play parks would save £31,000 annually in staff and maintenance costs.
Parks under threat in the west of Arbroath include those at Annfield Drive, Arbirlot Place, Cairnie Crescent, Gallowden Road, McDonald Park, Newbigging Drive, Newton Avenue and Provost Chapel Road.
While in the east Abbey Green, Drostan Terrace, Grampian Gardens, Grimsby Place and Ness Drive could go.
In Carnoustie, Ballister Park, Ravensby Road, Winter Place and Westfield Place have been earmarked to go as have Ashludie Park West, Brooke Street and Broomhill Drive in Monifieth.
To take part in the survey visit www.angus.gov.uk/bestvalue/consultation/ResearchCurrent.cfm
or collect a paper survey form from council ACCESS offices or libraries.