Have your say on the future of our precious parks

November 24 2017

A LOCAL councillor has responded after Bristol City Council’s consultation plans for parks and green spaces were discussed at a recent public meeting.

A LOCAL councillor has responded after Bristol City Council’s consultation plans for parks and green spaces were discussed at a recent public meeting.

Following the news that the budget for parks would be cut in February, the council announced in October that it was launching a public consultation to review potential cost saving measures such as reducing park maintenance, grass cutting, planting as well as toilet opening hours.

The packed meeting on 14 November covered public statements and debates on the Bristol Parks Forum petition. In addition, a vote to reduce the proposed £2.8million cuts did not pass and so a motion for a rethink has now been put forward.

Despite Deputy Mayor for Communities Asher Craig stating that the council would not sell off any parks or green spaces and it was committed to keeping them free and available to all city residents, there are many concerns among local community groups in regards to the impact that the cuts will have on their beloved green spaces.

Speaking about what the cuts could mean for parks in our area, Martin Fodor, Green Party Councillor for Redland Ward said: “This is a vital issue for so many people in the area who love our parks and green spaces, but the prognosis for parks like Redland Green, St Andrews and open spaces like Cotham Grove is not good.  We're now trying to find out just how bad the cuts are going to be as the scale may be a bit reduced, but is still in the region of millions of pounds lost, which will affect grass cutting, repairs, planting and so on. 

“Once this is clarified we need to sit down with local groups like Redland Green Community Association and Friends of St Andrews Park to explore the options for the coming year, and then the longer term. 

“We're really lucky we have such active and experienced groups in the area but it's still a big ask to expect more of them. Our neighbourhood is popular because of these places and if they become neglected it won’t be good for any of us in terms of having safe places for children to play, space to relax and walk, and popular spots to meet friends.”

The council’s parks and green spaces consultation is open until 29 January 2018. Residents wishing to comment on the future of our local parks can complete the survey by visiting https://bristol.citizenspace.com/neighbourhoods/parks-and-green-spaces/