CAN WE ENSURE OUR PARKS ARE MAINTAINED AND THRIVE?

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ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER NEW PARKS SUB-GROUP:  

The City Council parks consultation (WWW.bristol.gov.uk/parksconsultation) - due to end on 29 January - shows the current proposals for dealing with the additional £1,904,000 reductions in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

On 22 January, we held our first Parks sub-group meeting.  We met with representatives of Bristol Parks Forum and the City Council Parks Department to hear more about the options being considered:  these include increased retail in the Parks (eg refreshment kiosks), charging sports clubs and other park users, advertising in the parks, more private business involvement - amongst other ideas.  It's very likely that maintenance will be reduced (eg less frequent grass cutting), and that local volunteers will be encouraged (required?) to take a more active role.

Our first step will be to carry out a very simple review of local parks groups to find out where they are at/what their top 3 priorities are. 

  • Use this to feed into a local parks plan (which will feed in to an area plan)
  • Try to identify and address gaps in parks groups across Greater Bedminster 
  • Review the Council's parks and green spaces plan to see how its working locally – but also – will it be changed?
  • On the basis of the above, identify local priorities eg where we want more wildlife, sport etc etc
  • And on the basis of that, see how volunteers might fit in
  • Also – see if the over-arching group can act as an 'umbrella' for funding applications

Watch this space for our next meeting date - get involved if you want to support our Parks:  greaterbedminster@gmail.com