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Decision details

Approval for closure of play areas

Decision Maker: Parvis Khansari (Director - Highways and Environment)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve:

In line with the Government’s instruction to stop all unnecessary contact and travel, Wiltshire Council will close all play and sports areas as part of their efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to include all communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.

Reasons for the decision:

2. This decision would in other circumstances be taken by Cabinet. However, in circumstances where Cabinet is unable to meet to expedite its functions in a timely manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision is being taken in accordance with the power referred to in paragraph 1 above in consultation with Phillip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council. This decision will be reported to the next meeting of the Gold Command Group.

3. Due to COVID-19 pandemic and following government guidance which supports the decision to close all play and sports areas as part of their efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

4. I confirm that in making this decision I have considered the following in line with Wiltshire Council’s Constitution:

Key decision requirements: Yes

Views of relevant cabinet member(s), committee chairman, area board(s): Not applicable

Consideration of the area boards and delegated decision checklist for officers on the issue of when and how to involve local councillors and area boards in decisions about local services: Not applicable

Implication of any council policy, initiative, strategy or procedure: Yes

Consultation in accordance with requirements and expectations of
consultation with the public: Not applicable

Range of options available: no

Staffing, financial and legal implications: yes

Risk assessment: yes

Involvement of statutory officers and/or directors: yes

Regional or national guidance from other bodies: yes

The council’s constitution:yes

This contract is suitable for execution under the e-signature process: N/A

Alternative options considered:

Not applicable

Conflict of Interest: No

Background: 1. As the Director for Highways and Environment, I am responsible for any matters relating to Parking in the County of Wiltshire on behalf of Wiltshire Council. Pursuant to paragraph 4 of Part 3 Section D, the Directors of Wiltshire Council are is empowered to take all necessary decisions in cases of emergency. This decision is being taken by Parvis Khansari using these powers in circumstances where the Director concerned believes that there is a risk of damage to property, a threat to the health or wellbeing of an individual and/or that the interests of the Council may be compromised if this decision is not otherwise taken.

Contact: Parvis Khansari, Director - Highways and Environment Email: parvis.khansari@wiltshire.gov.uk Tel: 01225 713340.

Publication date: 02/06/2020

Date of decision: 14/04/2020

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