Arising from a report of the Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets, the Environment PDG had made the following recommendation; that the Cabinet NOTE the following:
1. That the current risk assessments and proposed reduction in safety inspections were considered adequate to meet the Council’s responsibilities and for individual pieces of play equipment to be identified on the Risk Assessment Forms;
2. That digital transformation of the current inspection methods would make the task more efficient and that the implementation of a process would be expedited.
The Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets outlined the contents of the report stating that Mid Devon had 94 play areas (which included skate parks and a BMX track) under its direct control; 12 plays areas were leased to Town and Parish Councils with a further 5 pending and the lease-in of land for 3 further sites were to be taken over by the Parish Councils. Each play area was assessed on use and location and it was felt that the inspection regime was robust.
Consideration was given to:
· The inspection routine in various locations
· Reductions in inspections for Saturdays would not have a significant impact
· The use of handheld or portable devices to record inspection details and the timescales for implementing such a scheme
· Inspecting play areas on behalf of parish councils which would secure income for the Council
· Signage in skate parks
RESOLVED that the recommendations of the Policy Development Group be NOTED.
(Proposed by Cllr D J Knowles and seconded by Cllr G Barnell)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.