Review to boost play facilities

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PLANS have been launched to make play more accessible.

Durham County Council is carrying out a review of its provision of fixed play areas available.

It hopes to consult with residents – via its 14 Area Action Partnerships – to ensure there are adequate playgrounds, spread evenly across County Durham, some of which could potentially attract visitors from outside the county.

Currently the council, town and parish councils and other organisations provide playgrounds for children.

This, coupled with the fact that after local government reorganisation there are different levels of fixed play provision across the county, has increased the need for changes to be considered.

The council has already invested more than £1million via the Playbuilder Programme, and recognises the importance and value of having play facilities.

Terry Collins, corporate director for neighbourhood services, said: “By carrying out consultation, we can obtain the views of our communities on the plans and identify and develop the best sites, hopefully ending up with a proportionate number of high quality play areas, achievable within the limits of the funding.”

Members of the council’s ruling cabinet will be asked to agree to the consultation, when they meet in Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.