Borough Council to replace broken play equipment 2016

Published: Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A new initiative which will focus on replacing play equipment damaged beyond economic repair is set to be discussed at Northampton Borough Council over the coming weeks.

Speaking at the Borough Council’s scrutiny committee meeting this evening, Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, announced his intention to prioritise play equipment as an important community asset. A report prepared ahead of tonight’s meeting highlighted that budget restrictions have prevented the Council from replacing irreparably damaged equipment until now.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “The report which was prepared ahead of the meeting this evening gave an overview of what our position has been. However, it does not reflect the fact that I am proposing that we change our approach.

“I believe that safe, well-maintained play equipment is incredibly important to our local communities and has a key role to play in keeping our children fit and active. That’s why I am proposing the introduction of a policy that will ensure that play equipment in the Borough is replaced in a way that reflects local priorities and need.  “I have identified a potential budget and am keen to move as quickly as possible to develop a sustainable approach to replacing damaged items."

Work to repair and replace existing equipment is currently underway at several play areas including play areas in the Racecourse, Eastfield Park and Parklands Open Space. Moving forward, the Council is looking to develop a fair system of allocation that will support a sustainable programme of repairs and replacements across the Borough.