Landscape & Amenity

November 2016

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21 Enquiry 91 NOVEMBER 2016 Your essential guide for Sports & Playground Equipment in association with today & play activity "When it comes to our children's health and wellbeing, are we planning to fail?" T h a t ' s t h e q u e s t i o n Association of Play Industries (API) Chair Mark Hardy will be asking at the SALTEX Learning Live education programme this year. In his seminar, Play & Physical Activity – the Five Ps, the API Chair will present thought-provoking evidence comparing UK planning policy for public play facilities with Sweden, where child health and wellbeing is better than in the UK, and asks what lessons can be learnt. "In Sweden, the public realm is planned to be child-friendly, he says. "Multiple play facilities and spaces are planned throughout a local community, w i t h c h i l d r e n a c t i v e l y encouraged to roam and play. Here in the UK, planning policy restricts children's Is UK planning policy for play facilities failing children? play to specifi c areas which discourages that freedom of movement. With a child obesity epidemic sweeping through UK society, perhaps it is time to rethink how we plan public play provision." Last month, the API urged the government's Parks Inquiry to protect parks – and funding for them - because of the invaluable public service they provide for every part of society. In its submission to the Communities & Local Government committee, the association expressed its mounting concerns about the link between local authority budget cuts and dwindling opportunities for children to play and be physically active. The API has also called for further levies on food and drink companies producing high sugar, salt and saturated fat products, particularly those targeted at children, to fund community facilities. Mark Hardy says: "The government's obesity strategy was short on brave measures. Companies that contribute to the obesity crisis should be forced to fund the solutions. Where physical inactivity is concerned, prevention is better – and significantly cheaper – than cure. "The revenues required to provide every local c o m m u n i t y w i t h h i g h quality facilities for play and physical activity would be small compared to the signifi cant benefi ts to child health and wellbeing, not to mention the wider social and economic benefi ts those facilities would bring." The API campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the value of play, both in its own right and as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood, Children's Play Policy Forum and Federation of Sports and Play Associations. API Enquiry 88 Sports surface manufacturer Playrite is the only company in the UK that can offer all three of the recognised methods for producing artificial surfaces: needlepunch, tufted and woven, from their factory near Wakefield. A family- owned and well-respected business, Playrite has been m a n u f a c t u r i n g q u a l i t y playing surfaces for more than 20 years and exports How do your balls bounce? to all corners of the globe. The company exhibited at SALTEX 2016 at NEC Birmingham to showcase the diverse range of products and services it can provide. Director Chris Pickles said: "Whether you're playing bowls or netball, football, tennis or golf, a well-laid playing surface is crucial to the success of your sport. "But different sports have different needs. Tennis balls need to bounce, rugby balls don't. A golf course has short grass; a football pitch has a much longer pile. "Each of the three recognised methods has its own merits, but because Playrite manufacture all three we can give unbiased and impartial advice as to which is best for your particular sport. "We can provide a surface for just about any sport there is. When we work with a client we ascertain the priority and the standard of the sports they want to play on the surface and come up with a solution that meets their needs in as cost-effective a way as possible." Playrite Enquiry 89 Steelway Fensecure (stand A111) displayed two versions of the new Premier Safe self- closing gate at this year's SALTEX at NEC Birmingham. The Premier Safe Spring Assisted Self Closing Gate and the Premier Safe Hydraulic Self Closing Gate have been designed to comply with entrapments of BS EN 1176 and the ROSPA guidance relating to gates for playgrounds. The company's self closing gates have been Steelway Fensecure to display innovative self closing gate in production since the mid- 1990s and have proven to be very reliable and vandal resistant with only minimal upgrades over those years. Steelway Fensecure has designed a highly technical engineered solution for the controlled opening and closing of playground gates. Steelway Fensecure is a leading engineering and fabrication company that specialises in the manufacture of steel, aluminium and GRP products. It offers a full in-house design, manufacture and installation service with onsite support. Steelway Fensecure Enquiry 90

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