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Councillors are being asked to approve a prioritised list for refurbishment of play areas in partnership with communities throughout the Western Isles.


Comhairle play areas not highlighted on the list below would be dismantled.


Where the site is managed by a community, they would be notified that it is their sole responsibility for maintenance.  


Where no ownership can be determined and it is not on on the list or the equipment is in poor condition it will be removed.


Over the last two years, the comhairle has been working towards developing a sustainable strategy for the play parks it maintains.


A sum of £100,000 is available for investment in the coming financial year.


Currently there are over 80 play areas throughout the Outer Hebrides, with the standards and equipment at each varying widely.


These numbers include those traditionally built close to social housing and schools, as well as those funded by local communities.


While budget cuts may mean fewer overall numbers of traditional play areas in the Outer Hebrides, the comhairle said its aim is for its sustainable strategy to offer the same level of opportunity for children’s play.


Proposed priority list to retain play parks


Castlebay, Iochdar School, Daliburgh School, Vatersay, Daliburgh croileagan, Kenneth Dr Lochboisdale.


Balivanich School, Balivanich regeneration area.


Macqueen Street Tarbert, Sir E Scott, Leverburgh, Scalpay.


Gravir, Balallan, Sgoil nan Loch, Leurbost Community Centre, Uig, Bernera, Breasclete, Carloway Community Centre.


Sgoil an Rubha, Lower Bayble, Cnoc Dubh Garrabost, Sheshader, Seaview Knock.


Bayhead Stornoway, Seaforth Road / Seaview Terrace, Parkend, Plasterfield, Tolmie Terrace, Nicolson Institute, Mackenzie Park, Plasterfield, Sandwick Community Hall.


Columbia Place, Middle Cearns, Allt na Bròige, Laxdale School, Stornoway Primary, Gibson Gardens, Newmarket.


Vatisker, Tong School, Outend Coll, Tolsta Community Hall, Tong.


Heatherhill Barvas, Edgemoor Square, Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Eoropie, Upper Barvas.

Proposal to remove play areas

26 Sept 2017