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Outdoor Play Spaces Investment Strategy

To note and approve the model and methodology for the play strategy to be used as a tool for the future defining of investment and rationalisation of Cambridge’s play provision

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significant effect on communities living or working in any ward in Cambridge;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/02/2024

Decision due: 21 Mar 2024 by Executive Councillor for Open Spaces and City Services

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Open Spaces and City Services

Department: Communities Group

Contact: Alistair Wilson, Strategic Delivery Manager Email: Alistair.Wilson@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: This is a key item and will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: The strategy which is based on an online system allows the in-depth analytical review and future upkeep of data relating to play provision in the city. It will allow identification of strategic improvements across the play area portfolio and will influence and inform the Council’s investment decision making. By analysing the quality, value and distribution of play across the City the system is a tool for officers to make evidence based decisions and recommendations to the Council on the current 103 and additional future play areas/spaces in the Council’s ownership. The system can be updated as changes are made and allow real time data for continuous review and improvement and it is anticipated that the system will provide functionality to interface with the public. It will enable a structured approach to the financial investment required over the short, medium and long term and will also enable the Council to plan by an evidence-based approach creating potential business e

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