Future of our parks and open spaces

Draft open spaces strategy now available

More than 3,500 people took the opportunity to have their say on the future of the city’s parks and open spaces – the council’s biggest ever response to this type of consultation.

We've used feedback from the consultation to draw up a new draft open spaces strategy. The new strategy will shape the future of parks and open spaces in the city.

The draft strategy asks the council to look at a range of policies and actions to put parks on a firm footing in order to maintain facilities for the future. It highlights funding opportunities and the need to build on ideas that came out of the consultation.

Members of the Environment Transport and Sustainability Committee approved the draft strategy in principle on 17 January 2017. We will continue to involved residents, park users and other interested parties as the strategy develops. The Environment Committee will consider any updates.

Read our draft open spaces strategy.

Our parks and open spaces

Brighton & Hove has approximately 147 parks including heritage parks, playing fields and green spaces. We also have more than 3,000 allotments, 50 playgrounds and a section of the South Downs National Park.

We have around 3,200 acres of open space across the city. Most of these public spaces are managed by our Cityparks team and supported by volunteers and friends of parks groups.

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Parks and open spaces are important and promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Our open spaces:

  • are used by schools, colleges, universities and community organisations
  • support tourism and our economy
  • form a key part of our historic and current cultural identity
  • provide spaces for community events and large festivals
  • form part of the wider Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region

Why we need to rethink how our open spaces are managed

Public services are changing. Central government is continuing to reduce our funding. We have to make further estimated savings of £68 million by 2019/20.

Citypark's budget was £4 million last year (2015 to 2016). This means that Cityparks costs each resident of the city £14 per year. In the council’s four year budget plan, the Cityparks budget is due to be cut by £600,000 to £3.4 million between now and 2020.

Although these are challenging times, we have an opportunity to work together to shape the future of our parks and open spaces. This survey lets you share your views on what's important to you and ideas that other councils are using to manage and maintain their open spaces.