Sunday, December 17, 2006

Have your say on Bath and North East Somerset's Open Spaces

How far should people be expected to travel to get to their nearest park?
What do you think green areas should be used for?

These are just some of the questions being put to local people by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The Council has been reviewing green space provision across the district to ensure that supply and quality matches the needs of the community. Individuals and groups are being consulted to find out about their use and expectations of different types of green areas, including parks and gardens, spaces for less formal activities, recreation grounds, natural areas (woodland, natural and semi-natural areas), allotments and spaces designed for children and young people.

Having completed a comprehensive assessment and audit of these types of green spaces, the Council has now drafted a Green Space Strategy for further consultation with the local community.

Cllr David Dixon, (Lib Dem, Walcot) says, "Our green spaces in Bath are what make this such a special place to live, in Walcot alone we have Kensington Meadows, Kensington Gardens Park, the green space at Highbury Villas, Southbourne Gardens to anem but a few. It is important that each serves a purpose to safeguard it against future development."

The Strategy will assist Bath & North East Somerset Council in protecting existing green space from development and identifying where the supply or quality of green space is low, so that resources and funding bids can be concentrated into these areas. A key part of the Green Space Strategy is the creation of minimum standards for green space provision that will be applied across Bath & North East Somerset. Public consultation on the proposed Green Space Strategy finishes on Friday, 22 December. During this time, the consultation documents and details on how to make a response will be available at: Trimbridge House, Bath; Riverside, Keynsham and The Hollies in Midsomer Norton, as well as Bath Central, Saltford and Radstock Libraries, and on the council