In the last five years the Secretary of State has approved four applications that involve the disposal of either a playground or part of a playground at schools in Essex. The details are as follows:
(i) An application was approved in October 2003 to dispose of the playground at the former Park School, Rayleigh which had closed.
(ii) In April 2004, an application was approved to dispose of the playground at Harwich Primary School, Harwich. The school had moved to a new site where a new playground of at least equal size replaced that on the old site.
(iii) In April 2004, an application was approved to dispose of the playground at Little Parndon Infant School, Harlow. The separate infant and junior schools had closed and amalgamated to form one new primary, making the former infant school site redundant.