Over 1,000 playpark surveys returned

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THE ANGUS Council consultation into playpark closures throughout the country came to an end last week.

According to the authority over 1,000 people filled in all or part of the online or paper surveys on the condition of play equipment in 51 Angus parks.

The consultation followed a report which identified a number of playparks, including 13 in Arbroath, four in Carnoustie and three in Monifieth, had health and safety issues with obsolete or difficult to repair equipment.

It was proposed that play equipment could be removed from parks, but that the surrounding park areas would still be accessible.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to fill in the survey forms and hope that by extending the time available to do this, everyone who wished to do so was able to express their opinions.

“The next step will be a report to committee in January where we will look at the details of the survey results for each area, and decisions will be made at a later date.”

According to Angus Council the 50 playparks earmarked for retention will require further funding of £1.21 million over the next three years, while those chosen for removal would require an additional £705,000 funding.

This total of £1.91 million is in addition to the shortfall of £45 million existing in the council’s capital programme.