Decision details

Proposed approach to preparing a parks strategy

Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Reporting detailing the process for reviewing the parks strategy and preparing a new strategy to be implemented from 2019.

Decisions:

Mark Dalzell, Head of Neighbourhood Services, presented the report, and he informed the Committee that this was an update on the last strategy which was produced in 2007. The new strategy would review progress, develop the offer to residents and consider opportunities. The report set out the suggested approach to undertake the Parks Strategy Review and develop a new strategy. Members proposed that there should be a Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, to take a broader view, and accord with the Mayor of London's new draft Environmental Strategy.  

 

The Chair welcomed the report and stated that it was very timely, given that the Mayor of London wanted to make the whole of London a National Park City. The Parks Strategy would be looking at key areas such as use of volunteers and Friends groups, health and well-being, enjoying an active lifestyle and encouraging visitors to come to the parks from within the Borough and wider afield.  

 

Key local and regional bodies would be consulted during the strategy review, and research would be undertaken to examine demand for and use of green spaces, identifying trends. Issues such as access to, and quality of green spaces in some areas of the borough would be looked at to see how these could be improved. It would also be looking at how parks could contribute to the local economy through local community events. The opportunities for further HLF bids (as per Beddington Park) would be considered, along with other sources of potential funding.

 

Mark Dalzell reassured the Committee that LBS was committed to maintaining the quality of its parks and that the parks strategy was in the context of the Local Plan which strongly supports maintaining the quality of the open space and creating open spaces.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

The Environment and Neighbourhood Committee:

 

  1. Approve the process and timetable for the Parks and Open Space Strategy and review as set out in this report.

 

  1. Approve a member Task and Finish group to meet twice to discuss issues in more detail before proposals are brought back to Committee for decision as set out in this report. Members to include -
  1. Councillor Tony Shields
  2. Councillor Richard Marston

 

Report author: Mark Dalzell

Publication date: 05/02/2018

Date of decision: 01/11/2017

Decided at meeting: 01/11/2017 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

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