Play Investment Strategy Consultation

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Council recently commissioned a condition audit of play facilities across the Borough and the development of a Play Investment Strategy

In addition to this audit Council commissioned consultations with parents/carers, children and young people and community providers on a range of issues including:

  • The importance of play
  • The types of play activities children and young people engage in
  • Barriers to children and young people playing
  • Views on the current standard of fixed play provision across the Borough and indications of fixed play need
  • Views on how Council could enhance children’s play experience.

The consultation was based on a mixed methods approach and used a number approaches in order to increase the level of engagement: 

1. Online surveys

  • Children and Young People (88 responses)
  • Parents and Carers (301 responses)
  • Community organisations (21 responses)

2. Open community consultation workshops at a number of locations:

  • Portstewart
  • Ballymoney
  • Ballycastle
  • Limavady

3. Eight focus groups with children and young people from across the Borough including children from urban and rural areas, children with Special Educational Needs, children from BME backgrounds and older teenagers.


The result of all this work has been the production of the attached “Draft Play Investment Strategy”. This uses an evidence based approach to prioritise and cost potential future investments into fixed and non-fixed play. The inclusion of cost estimates at such an early stage can only ever be indicative and the actual costs of projects will be reliant on myriad site specific and market specific issues. Costs therefore should only be considered as very early stage indications.

The inclusion of proposed projects in the Strategy is not necessarily an indication that they will become a reality. Each of the proposed projects would need to be the subject of a detailed business case and affordability assessment before an investment decision could proceed.

Finally, the inclusion of proposed projects in the Draft Strategy is not an indication that Council has access to or made a commitment to the capital funding required to create them. In some cases, after a business case evaluation, Council may be in a position to fund all or some of the project costs but in other cases, as a result of the competing priorities for Councils limited resources, it may be necessary to seek external funding. This Strategy, once finalised, will help create the strategic justification to support third party funding applications.


Why we are consulting:

This consultation exercise will be open to all interested parties across the Borough or any bodies with a legitimate interest such as national associations. In particular Council is interested in securing the opinion of organisations and individuals regarding the nine identities protected under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in relation to its likely impact on matters of Equality and Good Relations.

In addition, Council wants to thank all those individuals and organisations from across the Borough who took the time to contribute to this important Draft Strategy and seek your opinion as to the appropriateness of the proposals contained therein.


Date opened:  11 September 2018

Date closes:  4th December 2018


Contact details:

Wendy McCullough; or


66 Portstewart Road


BT52 1EY


If you would like to request information in an alternative format please do not hesitate to contact us on 028 7034 7034 or email


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Draft play investment strategy

Consultation feedback form

Play strategy consultation privacy notice

Draft play investment strategy equality screening