Have your say on Bromley Open Space Strategy

Bromley Open Space StrategyPhoto Credit: Barbara Fowlds (@skylark22BHC1)

There are just three weeks left to have your say on how open spaces are owned and managed in Beckenham and the wider Bromley borough.

The public, including residents, stakeholders and other interested parties, are invited to express their views via a consultation, which runs until 7 January.

The aim of the Open Space Strategy is to set out priorities and allocate resources across council owned and managed open spaces in future years, while at the same time conserving and enhancing them. The aim is to also maximise community benefit and how this may be improved.

The Open Space Strategy also includes allotments and amenities within parks for example such as buildings, cafe’s, childcare clubs, exercise equipment, lighting, play areas and equipment, seating, sports clubs and facilities. Additionally, included are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), plus bridleways, paths, Rights of Way and cemeteries.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “We know how important green spaces are and continue to be to everyone, particularly in these challenging times.

“We want as many views as possible on the Open Space Strategy which is not just about how we operate and manage our parks and open spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic, but how we plan for the future.

“Even if you don’t use these facilities directly, anyone who has any thoughts or views should respond to our consultation.

“Volunteers are an important part of parks and open spaces and many parks and green spaces have Friends Groups in addition. They provide a valuable contribution to our green environment and leisure provision for all residents to enjoy and we are very grateful to them.

“If there is anything hindering you getting involved in helping out in the conversation and enhancement of our green environment please include that in your responses.”

You can view the draft Open Space Strategy here. To take part in the consultation, visit: www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation

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