Final week for Parks and Green Spaces consultation

January 26 2018

There are just days remaining for residents in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland to join over a thousand people sharing their views on new plans for the Bristol’s parks and green spaces.

There are just days remaining for residents in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland to join over a thousand people sharing their views on new plans for the Bristol’s parks and green spaces.

So far 1,266 citizens have shared their views on the proposals via Bristol City Council’s Consultation Hub.

The council needs to reduce spending on parks by at least £2.868 million a year by April 2019. This means services will need to be run in a very different way, working more closely with communities and seeking opportunities to generate income, as well as making services as efficient as possible.  

The current consultation, which is open until 29 January, outlines a number of proposals for 2018 and 2019 to help achieve the savings target. 

Of the £2.868 million savings requirement, it is currently predicted that £490,000 can be saved by making efficiencies and reducing parks services. This will not result in the closure of any parks.

In order to retain as many parks services as possible, the intention is that the rest of the required savings can be made by generating income from parks. 

Ideas outlined in the consultation include:

• Increasing income from cafés and concessions, including ice cream vans

• Introducing appropriate advertising in parks and green spaces

• Introducing new, competitive fees and charges for any businesses operating from a park or green space

• Introducing new fee-paying activities into parks – including inflatables, camping, adventure golf and car boot sales

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for parks, said: “We are hugely fortunate in Bristol to have a wealth of beautiful, vibrant publicly owned parks and green spaces. The fantastic response to the consultation so far is testament to just how strongly people feel about them - and I am very grateful to those who have already shared their views.

“But we want to hear from as many people as possible. Working with partners across the city, we want to ensure everyone in Bristol has access to good quality, attractive and enjoyable parks and green spaces. Help us make that happen by letting us know what you think of the plans before the consultation closes on 29 January.”

You can take part by completing an online survey on the council’s Consultation Hub here: www.bristol.gov.uk/parksconsultation

Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team on consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848.