Freedom of information response


Publication date: 
Wednesday 24 April 2019

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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. There are 77 play facilities within Thurrock Council

2. None

3. Please see below:

Playgrounds Spend

  • 2006-07 - £109,924.81
  • 2007-08 - £184,411.68
  • 2008-09 - £274,645.48
  • 2009-10 - £278,712.50
  • 2010-11 - £259,757.92
  • 2011-12 - £148,909.43
  • 2012-13 - £185,525.29
  • 2013-14 - £182,707.44
  • 2014-15 - £143,098.39
  • 2015-16 - £110,876.60
  • 2016-17 - £498,289.70
  • 2017-18 - £611,668.67

4. None

5. No

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Request reference:
FOI 8833