Freedom of information response

Play parks

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 December 2019

How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10?

How many children’s playgrounds (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget in each year since 2009-10?

How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10?

How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year?

Has the local authority charged for the use of any children’s playgrounds under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced, how much was this charge introduced and how many children’s play areas the charge has applied to in each year since 2009-10?


1. Total badges issued = 3035

Total applications = 25 (organisation) + 3010 (individual) + 8 (refused) = 3043

8 badges were refused (unsuccessful)

2. There were no applications with hidden disability as the Eligibility Category for the 2018-19 financial year.  See table below for breakdown of applications 2019 financial year (to date).

Table showing breakdown of applications 2019 financial year to date (30/12/2019)

Period 01/02/2019 to 30/12/2019 On Issue of which were New Applicants
Armed and Reserve Forces Scheme 6 Fewer than 5
Child under 3 16 16
Child under 3 with Vehicle Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5
Child under 3 with bulky equipment 6 5
Disability in both arms 6 Fewer than 5
Hidden disability 75 63
Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA 2426 740
Journey distress PIP 0 0
Journey planning PIP Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5
Moving Around PIP 1309 671
PIP 0 0
Severe sight impairment (blind) 134 65
Walking Disability 4171 1937
War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5

We are unable to provide an exact number for the above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

If further break downs of data are present, for example numbers around applications that were sent to independent or external assessors before a final decision, then please include these too providing it requires no substantial additional work to do so.

This information is not available

Likewise, if applications went to appeal and the decision was subsequently altered, please include data on this if it is present alongside the data requested in parts 1 or 2 above.

There were no recorded appeals on the system

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Request reference:
FOI 9567