Cllr Ingrid Flaubert (Trumpington) has submitted a motion to Cambridge City council this week, calling for better access to facilities for inclusive play across the city.
Cllr Flaubert explains: “For the last 15 years we have made a lot of progress towards promoting diversity and inclusion in our city However, there is much more we can and must do to make Cambridge more inclusive. Residents with children with special needs and disabilities struggle to find inclusive play areas where they live that would allow their children to play and feel safe. That is why I am proposing this motion – so parents will have the information beforehand to plan activities for their children and allow children to experience different pieces of equipment adapted for their needs.”
“Currently there is no way of finding out where appropriate play equipment is sited around the city appropriate for their needs. My motion acknowledges that as a council we have a responsibility to make play areas safe, accessible, and inviting for all in accordance with our local play strategy.”
Cllr Katie Porrer, Lib Dem spokesperson for Planning, Building Control and Infrastructure added: "I fully support this motion from Cllr Flaubert because parents need to have more information about what play equipment is available and how appropriate play areas local to them are for their children, regardless of age or disability.”
“This can then help the city plan better and more inclusive play areas in new developments as Cambridge grows. If this motion is carried, it will provide us with the necessary information needed to direct additional resources to build new inclusive facilities where they are needed most.”