Playing Fields: Repairs and Maintenance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities (a) directly manage the maintenance of playing pitches and (b) indirectly manage the maintenance of such pitches by using a third party service provider; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Active Places records are maintained via a combination of a third party Sport England contractor (Adetiq) to collect, validate and maintain sport facility data in addition to individual facility owners and managers who self-maintain information on their own facility records. Changes to the database occur on a daily basis due to a rolling cycle of each record being audited on an annual basis, user feedback, targeted quality assurance checks and new data research projects. For more information see

We are keen to ensure that sports facilities owned by schools and colleges are used as effectively as possible and are available to a broad range of community sports groups. That is why we have ensured that the school Governance Handbook highlights Sport England's publication 'Use Our School', which provides guidance to schools on how to maximise the use of their facilities.

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