27 October 2016

Residents urged to vote for parks in national contest

Residents are being urged to vote for Brighton & Hove parks in a national competition.

Local enthusiasts, rather than the council, have nominated four city parks in a contest being run by Fields In Trust – formerly the National Playing Fields Association.

They are Preston Park Rockery, Easthill Park, Stoneham Park and Blaker’s Park.  Votes can be cast online at http://www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/southeast

Winners are expected to be named in an awards ceremony on November 30.

In 2015 Brighton & Hove City Council won a national category in the awards – being named best local authority partner.

Tomorrow (Friday Oct 28) is the last day of a two-month council consultation about how parks can be run in future, in the face of government funding cuts to local authorities. Over 3000 people have responded. By 2020 the parks budget will be £600,000 less than it was for 2015/16, down to £3.4m

Chair of the environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “The fact we face a funding shortfall for parks shouldn’t stop us celebrating how good they can be and recognising the wonderful work council staff and volunteers do.”

Chair of City in Bloom Denise Taylor said: “What a brilliant opportunity for us to show our appreciation for four of our excellent parks and highlight some of the excellent urban green spaces that continue to be an important part of city life. The work that goes into the upkeep of these parks is critically threatened and we need to showcase what the council and volunteers in this sector can pull off even in this difficult economic climate.”

The parks consultation survey form can still be filled in until midnight tomorrow (Friday Oct 28) elsewhere on the council website

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