7 October 2016

Still time to make your voice heard on parks and open spaces

Join in the conversation about Brighton & Hove’s parks and open spaces. Our consultation ends on 28 October 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 go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/parks-consultation 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. They have been helping to spread the word about the consultation and 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 12th October10am–1pm
  • Rottingdean Tuesday 18th October 10-1pm
  • Woodingdean Tuesday 18th October 2-5 pm

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.