Plans to refurbish playground in four Kent parks

Thanet District Council is drawing up plans to redesign and refurbish children's playgrounds in four parks in east Kent, following a RoSPA inspection.

It is consulting local residents, schools and community groups on its plans after RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) recommended removal of play equipment from Crispe Park, Birchington, Northdown Park, Cliftonville, Warre Rec, Ramsgate and King George VI Park, Dumpton, during its yearly inspection.

It plans to refurbish the playgrounds at Northdown Park, Warre Rec and King George VI Park and replace the equipment removed at Crispe Park.

The council is also assessing the remaining playgrounds in the district and will release a strategy later in 2014 to outline play provision in Thanet in the short and long term. 

Cabinet member for community services, councillor Iris Johnson said: "The independent playground assessment is undertaken as best practice and the council always acts on its recommendations.

"Although as a result of this review, we will be required to remove some items of equipment from four of our playgrounds, I am delighted that we will be providing new and improved facilities to replace them. Children’s play provision is a vital part of a healthy community and we are committed to providing safe and fun places for our children to play in the future."

A council spokeswoman said information about tendering would be available later in the year.

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