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UK Playgrounds Declining
According to the Association of Play Industries (API), the number of new orders for playgrounds in the UK has fallen to the lowest in eight years in the first quarter of 2014. The members have reported £42 million of orders so far this year, which is the lowest it has been since 2006. In a society when inactivity is a growing concern amongst children, this is a worrying sign.
The API represents British designers, installers, manufacturers and distributors of outdoor play equipment and surfaces and they have found that this is the fourth consecutive annual fall of orders in the first quarter. Following the previous government’s Play Strategy, 2010 saw a high of £198 million in orders. This year’s figures represent a drop of 33% since then. The Playbuilder Play pathway was scrapped by the coalition government in 2013 and it seems that the children are paying the price.
The API is citing a number of reasons for the drop in orders, including local authority spending cuts, discounting and delayed procurement decisions. According to the Chairman of the API, this is a worrying development for the future health of the nation, as well as the burden that inactivity can put on an already stretched NHS.
“The UK is suffering a physical inactivity epidemic which potentially threatens the lives of our children and even generations to come unless we begin to address this now,” said Chairman Michael Hoenigmann. “Reports calling out for a national cross-party, department and sector strategy to solve this situation are welcome but we must take action as soon as possible. It is imperative that the role of active play during a child’s early years is recognised at a policy level.”
It goes without saying that when children get used to an inactive lifestyle, this rarely changes into adulthood and paves the way for illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes as well as causing a general increase in the burden on the NHS. According to Mr Hoenigmann, “there is a strong case in favour for investment in high quality, accessible areas, spaces and equipment for children to play.”
When designing and developing a playground the main factor to consider is safety. There are a number of different safety flooring surfaces which can be used. Some use wood chips, and others, tarmac or a special rubber flooring. Play areas in the home can also benefit from safety flooring to avoid injury to children. Any area where they may be running around or at height can be dangerous and they can be prone to injury.
A paving company can give good advice on the best surfacing to use in these situations. Test Valley Paving can provide quotes for all kinds of paving and landscaping. If looking for block paving in Salisbury, quotes for paving & driveways in Winchester or anywhere else in or around Andover, Test Valley Paving can give a competitive and comprehensive quote. They cover all types of driveways, landscaping, path laying, paths and kerbs, car parks and playgrounds and can offer valuable advice based on years of experience and to make the decision a little easier.
Although concrete lasts a long time, the ground is covered with it, so rain doesn’t run off into the soil and as the water starts flowing off the concrete, it can create problems with drainage and flooding. By using a porous material on a solid base, this will allow water to seep through.
Groundwater is a necessity for many people as well as nourishing deep-rooted plants and trees that is why it is so important to allow your driveway to allow this to happen in a normal way. When planning your new Driveway or path you can prevent these problems by using permeable materials, which will allow the rain to drain away naturally. There are many attractive options available which will permit water to drain into the ground. Some even reduce heat accumulation around buildings.
Housing refurbishment specialist Lovell lands major contract.
Lovell has been appointed to Salford City West Housing Trust’s contractor list, the company will be able to carry out internal and external improvement work with City West who are set to invest more than £100million to improve its properties over the next 4 years, by providing kitchen and bathroom replacements and rewiring, roofing work, environmental improvements and the refurbishment of both high and low-rise apartment blocks. The not-for-profit organisation owns 14,600 homes in West Salford. For quotes on laying driveways with Tarmac in Basingstoke ,call Test Valley today.
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