Survey results & Sunday Telegraph article

15 July 2020

The results of our recent survey on reopening playgrounds are now available. I want to thank those of you who took the time out to respond – the findings will be presented to MHCLG in the coming weeks.

The survey revealed that the majority of respondents are adhering to the Government advice; completing risk assessments and posting relevant advisory signage for users on site. Our survey also reflects however the opinion of some respondents was that the official advice was somewhat ambiguous and unworkable for many councils. Of respondents who have chosen not to reopen, concerns were mainly about limited staff resources and concerns regarding liability and safety.

Part of the wider debate around the reopening of playgrounds centres on the physical and mental well-being of children. An article in the Sunday Telegraph (12/7/20) reported that some health charities are critical of those councils who have taken the decision not to reopen their playgrounds given the rise in obesity rates in the UK among children. You can read the full article, including comment from SLCC Chief Executive, Rob Smith, by clicking here.

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