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Money agreed for Highland Council play park improvements in strath

By Gavin Musgrove

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Badenoch and Strathspey is to receive nearly £10,000 extra from Highland Council to improve the area's play parks.

Members of the local authority's communities and place committee have agreed a strategy for play parks across the region.

The overall aims for them is to be safe; inclusive in design and in use; and for play areas to be environmentally and financially sustainable.

Committee chairman Allan Henderson said: “Supporting families in the recovery from the pandemic is vital to the well-being of our communities and I am very pleased to see the development of a strategy and investment in play parks that will assist with the recovery.”

Councillors have already agreed around £500k for investing in play areas through their devolved budgets agreed at area committees.

A new source of capital funding is also available from the Scottish Government’s play area renewal programme.

Councillors have agreed on the allocation of this £219,000 capital play park funds for the region by considering play park condition, the number of young people and a factor for rurality.

Badenoch and Strathspey will receive £9,474 of this latest money while City of Inverness and area is the largest benefactor and gets £66,167.

A council spokesperson said: "A review of play parks will take into account play equipment and its condition, and the use and ownership of play parks.

"Local plans for and investment in play parks will be agreed at a local level within the available council budget and other external resources."

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