Location of Play Facilities
Arthur Ridley Sportsground and Pavilion
Football Pitch behind Leisure Centre
Play Space, Candleby Lane
Previous Play Area Audits
Audit of play areas undertaken by Julian Stocks in 2006.
Rushcliffe Borough Council Recreational space audit 2008 – identified
that Cotgrave’s current provision of public outdoor space facilities is
3.6 hectares below the recommended provision and the provision for
children and young people is 0.2 hectares below the NPFA standard.
Katie Wilson (RCAN) consulted re Tennis Courts in 2008
Gina Hudspeth (CTC) consulted re Broadmeer Park in 2008
Town Plan Questionnaire in 2009
(Ring Leas proposed Spring 2009)
Current Inspection Schedule
Play areas are checked daily by Council’s full time Groundsman and by
The Administration Officer and Groundsman carry out a more detailed
inspection on a bi-monthly basis, the findings are reported to
Recreation and Parks Committee.
Quarterly operational safety checks are made on all play equipment.
Annual inspection by ROSPA – findings reported to Recreation and Parks
The Five outcomes of the Children’s Act 2004
Enjoying and Achieving
Making a positive contribution
A Vision for Play in Cotgrave
"Cotgrave will be a child friendly place where all children and young
people have access to play opportunities within their local communities,
which offer variety, adventure and stimulus. They will be able to play
freely and safely and make choices about where, how and when they play".
Play is an activity that has a value in its own right. It is about
the fun and satisfaction of the participant and benefits children, young
people, families and communities.
Every child and young person in Cotgrave should be able to access
play opportunities, play activities, play facilities relevant to their
needs and play aspirations.
Children and young people in Cotgrave have the right to safe, secure,
hazard free play environments and to lead active, healthy lives.
Children and young people should be involved in the design of the
environment in which they play.
The views, opinions and experiences of children and young people
should be taken into account in the development of policies and
strategies and the decision making process which impact upon their
The role of early year provisions for play in child development is
recognised within the strategy.
Ensure and improve play space and play provision in terms of quality,
quantity, accessibility and safety.
Ensure that play space and play provision is inclusive and meets the
needs of all local children and young people.
Promote greater social inclusion.
Develop a balance between supervised and unsupervised provision
according to local need.
Ensure that play spaces enhance the quality of the local environment
for children and young people.
Make clear links to other relevant strategies and plans within
Make the best use of natural environment.
Continue to inspect play facilities on a regular basis to ensure that
they are in a good condition, safe and fit for purpose.
Ensure that staff undertake regular training.
Undertake an annual review and audit of Council’s play equipment and
consult with partners regarding their redevelopment on a prioritised
Council welcomes active participations from individuals and/or
community groups. The Area youth worker and the embryonic Cotgrave Youth
Council have standing invitations to Recreation and Parks Committee
Aim to bid into each round of the County Play Partnership funding.
Apply to WREN main programme for funds to refurbish Cotgrave’s ‘play
Work in partnership with other play providers seeking examples of
good or best practice and lessons learned.
Liaise with Friends of Cotgrave Country Park re appropriate play
provision in the park.
Liaise with Cotgrave Colts re community aspirations for the
Sportsground and Pavilion.
Consider funding a parks/play ranger.