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Make your voice heard on parks and open spaces

Gary Hart October 7, 2016

There is still time to join the conversation about the future of Brighton & Hove’s parks and open spaces.


The councils consultation will end on Friday, October 28 so there is still time to have your say.

As budgets decline, the council has to make some big decisions about how the city’s parks and open spaces will be protected and maintained into the future.

To get the city talking, this summer the council launched The Big Parks and Open Spaces Conversation – a consultation which invites residents, visitors and all park users to have their say and consider how parks could evolve into the future.

Brighton and Hove has 147 parks, including heritage parks, playing fields, green verges and a section of the South Downs National Park.

To take part in the consultation, click here: where you can also view a film about the Big Conversation on parks and open spaces.

Most of the city’s green public spaces are currently managed and maintained by the council’s Cityparks staff, supported by volunteers and Friends Groups, who together have been helping to spread the word about the consultation.

Look out for the parks team this month: they will be in the following areas where responses have been lower, distributing flyers:

♦        Whitehawk Library Wednesday, October 12, 10am–1pm

♦        Rottingdean Tuesday, October 18, 10-1pm

♦        Woodingdean Tuesday, October 18, 2-5 pm

Cllr Gill Mitchell
Cllr Gill Mitchell

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said:  “There’s been a fantastic response already and we really appreciate how the Friends groups have been encouraging residents, businesses and visitors to take part.

“This consultation is a way of involving everyone in a really important discussion on how we create new models for the future management of our precious parks and open spaces.”

All responses will be used to help draw up an Open Spaces Strategy which will be considered by councillors in January.