Brighton & Hove City Council is the local authority responsible for Brighton & Hove City of South East England. The Groundwork South Trust is very active in this area and the GIS team has provided their expertise where required. Recently, Groundwork provided substantial geospatial and statistical analysis to a project identifying where savings in maintenance costs for Brighton & Hove playparks could be made.
Recently, Groundwork GIS provided substantial GIS and statistical analysis to a project identifying where savings in maintenance costs for Brighton & Hove playparks could be made. This was achieved by analysing 52 play areas under a number of criteria including the overlap in walking catchments for times of 1,5 and 15 minutes – calculated using ArcGIS Network Analyst – and ancillary data such as local deprivation and 0 – 15 year old population numbers. These criteria were weighted accordingly and each park was given a rating – these values were combined to produce a rank for each park. This allowed conclusions to be generated that both cut maintenance costs for Brighton & Hove council and restricted closures of parks that would have large impact on local communities.