Smoke-free play areas
In 2015 the council sought resident's views on the introduction of a voluntary ban on smoking near children's play areas. The findings from 350 respondents showed that:
- 96% agreed or strongly agreed that children should be protected from second hand or passive smoke.
- 88% (310 respondents) agreed or strongly agreed that there should be a voluntary ban on tobacco cigarette smoking within 10 metres of a children’s outdoor play area.
- 78% (273 respondents) agreed or strongly agreed there should be a voluntary ban on e-cigarette smoking within 10 metres of a children’s outdoor play area.
As a result of the views expressed through consultation, a decision was made to implement the voluntary ban. This is now in place at all Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council owned play areas and at a number of parish and town council sites. All play areas included in the scheme have signs requesting that there is no smoking within 10m of the play equipment.
A competition to design the signs attracted 200 entries and three winners from local schools now have their winning entries on display throughout the borough.