The Vice-Chair of Communities Committee, John Martin added;“The initial analysis of the online survey, as well as the feedback from the focus groups, has highlighted the need to look at facilities such as parking, access and toilets in planning inclusive play. Andy and I have therefore asked officers to look at options and indicative costings to enhance existing facilities from within operational budgets, in addition to the provision being made for new facilities.”All findings from the consultation will inform a report to the Councils Communities Committee on Tuesday 5 September 2017. This report will include recommendations on the way forward for investment in inclusive play areas in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer.The initial feedback can be found HERE AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInInitial results from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s recent consultation on Inclusive Play are now available on their website.Over 900 people took part in the survey, with a further 93 taking part in 6 focus group sessions, designed to highlight the views of those with a specific interest in the subject. Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, Andy Ferguson, said;“It’s great to see such a high level of response to the survey. The initial results indicate where general public opinion lies, but comments submitted to the focus groups give further detail and refinement, especially with respect to the ancillary facilities which are needed for a truly inclusive play experience.”The public response suggested that the most popular locations for inclusive play parks in the three towns would be: Newington Park, Annan; Dock Park and Catherine Street Play Area in, Dumfries and Agnew Park and Stair Park in Stranraer. Further analysis of the responses, particularly those from people with disabilities and carers, and of the key stakeholders involved in focus groups will take place prior to the September report.The public were also asked to say what, apart from equipment, were the key requirements of an accessible park. The top three choices were: enclosed play areas; accessible park furniture; and specially adapted toilet facilities. The public also felt that nearby car parking and good access from main roads were important.The survey also asked the public to express their views on the types of equipment preferred. These were, in descending order: physical play equipment (which helps children use energy, improve balance and co-ordination and move more), interactive equipment (which improves children’s social skills) and sensory equipment (designed to stimulate senses including touch, sight, hearing and movement).
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsCorey KluberIndiansTrevor Bauer The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings is set to kickoff in Vegas starting on Monday, and all eyes for the Indians will be on which one of their right-handed pitchers, Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer.People have been speculating as to why the team would want to deal Bauer, who was a breakout star in 2018, but let’s make one thing clear, this is not something they actually WANT to do. If Bauer is dealt, it would be out of necessity for a team that wants to dump some payroll (Bauer through arbitration this offseason will make about $11-12 million) and also wants to get some young talent onto a roster that the last two postseasons have been one and done.As for Kluber, he’s going to be 33 in April of 2019, and he’s due to make $17.5 million in 2019, and the Tribe holds options on him for $18 million in 2020 and $18.5 million in 2021.His history of injuries, as well as the last two postseasons of not being able to get the job done are two very large reasons the team might be willing to part with a pitcher that has won two Cy Young awards, and was in the final three this season for a third. While people want to slam the Indians for even thinking about trading Bauer, they have to remember that not only is he going to be in for a raise that will pay him about 11-12 mil this season, but if he’s as good as he was in 2018, he could wind up making close to $20 million in 2020, a number that will hamstring the Indians. So the big question that Indians fans want to know is – what kind of loot would the Indians get back in return for a player the caliber of Kluber or Bauer?The rumor mill has (as you would expect) some high profile teams with plenty of talent in the mix for the two stud Indians pitchers, including the two New York teams, the Mets and Yankees.The Dodgers is another team that is in the mix for Kluber, with a return that reportedly would include the likes of OF Yasiel Puig, starting pitcher Alex Wood and right-handed prospect Yadier Alvarez.One would think that no matter who is dealt, the objectives in the return would be simple, get 1-2 young prospects, and get 1-2 Major League players that could help this team, this year.The Indians still need to find at least two arms for the bullpen, they need a right fielder, and they could use some young players that could help this team for the foreseeable future.Expect to hear an awful lot this week in Las Vegas, as the Indians look to make a move that could define not only the offseason but just how the 2019 season will go. Matt Loede