Sanitisation regimes at Uckfield play areas to protect users against Covid-19 have significantly reduced the number of microbes found during tests.
After weeks of being shut due to the pandemic, Uckfield town councillors agreed a re-opening programme for the sites at Hughes Way, Victoria Pleasure Ground, Hempstead Road, Oakwood Drive and Rocks Park.
Many residents pushed for an earlier re-opening as the lockdown eased but the town council delayed because of legal liability issues and its insurance company being cautious.
The ‘closed’ signs came down and padlocks were removed from the gates at the end of July after the equipment was sanitised.
Swab tests were carried out beforehand on all the equipment, including adult gym pieces.
Results showed that all six play areas were “high risk” or “extreme risk”, a report to last night’s meeting of Uckfield Town Council stated.
Immediately after the tests, an anti-bacterial substance was sprayed on the equipment and the equipment was checked again.
Results showed the microbes risks had dropped dramatically.
The anti-bacterial spray is effective for a month and the spraying exercise was repeated at the end of August.
The figures below represent the total microbes found across all pieces in the play area on the days stated.
Swab test before spraying 1,297 microbes
Swab test after spraying 49 microbes
Swab test before spraying 55
Swab test after spraying 19
Victoria Pleasure Ground
Swab test before spraying 925
Swab test after spraying 24
Swab test before spraying 80
Swab test after spraying 17
Swab test before spraying 3,160
Swab test after spraying 30
Swab test before spraying 83
Swab test after spraying 8
Swab test before spraying 1,478
Swab test after spraying 20
Swab test before spraying 91
Swab test after spraying 7
Swab test before spraying 891
Swab test after spraying 13
Swab test before spraying 74
Swab test after spraying 10
Swab test before spraying 921
Swab test after spraying 50
Swab test before spraying 34
Swab test after spraying 6
Swab test before spraying 94
Swab test after spraying 9
Contamination risk of number of microbes found on a surface
Food safe: 50 or below
Low-mild risk: Around 100 or below
Low-mild risk: 101-250
High risk: 501-1,000
Extreme risk: above 1,000
Last night’s council meeting agreed to continue with the sanitisation programme.
The cost to Uckfield is now £695 + VAT a month after Framfield Parish Council joined the scheme and contributes £100.
See our story about the re-opening here