Play area provision
Bath and North East Somerset Council provides 60 play spaces, with others provided by Curo Housing and Town/Parish Councils.
B&NES Council needs to find 36.8 million pounds worth of savings over the next 5 years and is scrutinizing every service in order for it to live within its means. In addition to this, we appreciate that childrens' play experiences can be provided in a range of ways beyond a formal, fenced play space and therefore we want to explore diversifying our play offer.
To start this process, the Council recently undertook a comprehensive review of all of its play spaces and has found that there is some duplication in the provision of formal play areas re: age demographic and close proximity to other play spaces. We have also learned from the Play Pathfinder project that children very much preferred playing in natural landscapes and were not necessarily reliant on fixed play equipment.
In September 2019, Council officers consulted communities at ten play areas across the district. There was good feedback at some of the sites and the review informed a Single Member Decision which was made on 31st March 2020.
The Single Member Decision agreed on the following courses of action for the play areas that were reviewed:
• Proceed to community asset transfer three play areas to town councils in Radstock (Collier's Way and Manor Copse) and Midsomer Norton (Hillside Crescent).
• Re-purpose two play areas (at Parry Close and St Saviours in Bath), replacing conventional play equipment with natural play opportunities and landscape improvements.
• Undertake a further consultation on the future of the play area and adjacent open space at Ridge Green Close/ Sulis Meadows in Bath
• Work with residents at Calton Road, Bath to raise grant funding to replace the current play area provision with new natural play facilities.
• Make no changes to play areas at Chalfield Close in Keynsham and Loxton Drive and Burnt House Road in Bath.
There will be a further consultation on the landscape at St Saviours in Bath. When the Council is in a position to share more information about this, there will be signs in the open space explaining opportunities to find out more.
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