Reprieve for play parks

MacDonald Park, Arbroath looks to have been spared the axe.

MacDonald Park, Arbroath looks to have been spared the axe.

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Angus Council agreed to a new strategy for playpark provision after a public outcry that as may as 50 play areas were to be axed.

At Thursday’s meeting of the neighbourhood services committee, the standard of play are provision for Angus was set out showing how many parks should be in each ward based on the national benchmark for outdoor sport and play.

It was feared that nearly half of the counties play parks were to be axed as they were causing issues such as obsolete or difficult to repair equipment or they did not meet current health and safety standards.

But members of the committee agreed to retain and develop 75 parks, remove six parks while a further 20 would remain but have no further investment.

Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “These are tough times and we are facing difficult decisions.

“While, I am pleased to announce that 75 playparks will be retained, instead of the initial proposal of 50 playparks, the investment will take place over a five year period which the council will have to review annually about how they will propose to fund the shortfall.