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Caithness News Bulletins June 2005
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25 June 05
It is also to spend £150,000 annually to support the maintenance and ongoing costs of community projects, supplementing existing Council funding streams, and to examine how best to provide insurance cover for community projects, which are supported or endorsed by the Council.
Caithness area convenor David Flear who had raised the matter at an earlier meeting said, "I am particularly pleased that it has been recognised that play activities forma an important part of a child's development and that the council has been able to identify funding to carry out some work". Bill Fernie councillor for Wick West and Caithness Children's Champion add his agreement "It has been clear for some years that many people were concerned by the council's lack of action on play equipment. I am glad we have now been able to begin to tackle the backlog of missing equipment and deal with the complexities surrounding insurance of areas such as skateboard parks now appearing in various place."
Meeting in Inverness on 23 June 2005, The Council agreed the spending plans as it adopted a new corporate policy governing community projects, which will allow Council staff to be more responsive to a wide range of community initiatives, ranging from village hall developments and play areas and skateboard parks to the construction of new slipways and footpaths.
Convener Councillor Alison Magee warmly welcomed the adoption of the new policy She said: ~We are aware that this is a very important issue in our communities and I am delighted that we will now be better able to engage with local community projects to more successfully enable project development and sustainability.
A report considered by the Council highlighted the lack of investment in Council-owned play areas. Independent annual inspection indicated that 94 of the 402 Council play areas required equipment or surfacing to be replaced.
In agreeing a corporate policy governing community projects, the Council will: -
At the same meeting, the Council welcomed the progress being made in developing a Play Strategy for the Highlands. The policy aims to promote the Highlands as a child/family friendly environment and to encourage community involvement in the development and maintenance of play environments. It also aims to ensure that: -