Scottish Government Helping Boost Local Provision
The SNP Government and COSLA have agreed £50 million in funding to local authorities over the next three years for the refurbishment of children’s play parks.
The capital allocation to Angus Council over the period of 2023/24 to 2025/26 will be total £1.1 million – increasing year on year from £220,000 to £330,000 to £550,000.
New changes to planning rules also mean councils will need to think more about providing outdoor play spaces, and make sure new developments provide them too. This action will increase opportunities for outdoor activity and help implement a commitment to incorporate children and young people’s rights into Scots law and practice.
Under the policy, local authorities will be encouraged to support planning applications for the development of play spaces, parks and sports facilities. New regulations are being introduced to require that they assess the adequacy of play spaces and consult local children and communities.
This will ensure councils are better informed when making future provision for play in their local development plans.