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More play areas to be refurbished

16/03/16

Refurbishment of a further 17 play areas was approved by Aberdeen City Council yesterday.(Tuesday 15 March)

The Communities, Housing and Infrastructure committee gave the go-ahead for the improved areas at a meeting.

The play areas to be refurbished in the 2016/17 financial year include Tillydrone Flats, Marquis Rd North, Seaton Gardens South, Eday Cr, Froghall, Ruthrieston Cr, Ferrier Cr, Wellside Place, Callum Park, Ash Hill Road, Morrison Drive, South Esplanade West, Buckie Wynd, Balnagask Circle, Laburnum Walk, Devenick Place, and Charleston Road.

Aberdeen City Council Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "The play park refurbishments have been really popular with our younger residents and their older relatives and friends.

"We know the good value of this investment which is why we are more than happy to fund it again to almost 600,000 for another year.

"We're looking forward to seeing many more happy youngsters using the new play areas throughout the city."

Design briefs for the refurbishments will be completed and out to tender by May. As in previous years, communities will again be consulted on the proposals for the higher value sites. All refurbishment work will be completed within the 2016/17 financial year.

The city-wide improvements scheme started after a review into the condition of play areas was carried out in 2012/13.

The cost for the 2016/17 refurbishments is 120,000 from revenue and 470,000 from capital funding, the same figures as for 2015/16.

In 2015/16, Common Good funding of 30,000 went towards the refurbishment of Seaview Avenue play area.

By the end of the 2015/16 financial year, the service will have fully refurbished play areas at Jacks Brae, Corse Gardens, Thorngrove Crescent, Millhill Brae, Callum Wynd, Deevale Crescent, Manor Avenue, Hutcheon Court, Kincorth Land, Corthan Crescent, Alexander Terrace, Mastrick Drive, Auchmill Terrace, Cairncry Community Centre, Seaton Gardens North, Seaton Avenue North, and Skene Street.

Partial refurbishments were carried out at Seaton Crescent, Kirk Terrace, Westburn Park, Duthie Park, all weather pitch surface, Seaview Avenue, Heathryfold, Central Park, Cromwell Road, and Braeside Place.

In addition to allocated budgets, the service has worked closely with community groups which raised funding for play facilities in their own areas. This year, these have included 46,500 at Skene Street, 28,000 at Heathryfold, 6,000 at Powis Circle, and 15,000 at Printfield.