As part of a Walsall Council review of the borough’s Green Spaces Strategy, local residents are being invited to share their views and contribute to future planning and management of these shared public resources.
Approximately 10,000 households, selected at random, will shortly receive a postal questionnaire, the results of which will help the council get a better understanding of how people use parks and green spaces in the borough, , what people value most about them and what could be improved in the future.
Councillor Chris Jones, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:
“We want to ensure that our parks and green spaces achieve their full potential, benefit the local environment and residents’ overall quality of life, health and wellbeing. Our Green Spaces Strategy is now being reviewed and by responding to this consultation your views will directly influence how parks and green spaces in the borough will be maintained, developed and managed up to the year 2023. Green spaces belong to everyone in our community and it is a key priority for Council to provide safe, accessible and welcoming public green spaces for people living in and visiting the borough.”
The term ‘green spaces’ includes parks, nature reserves, recreation grounds, children’s play areas and community gardens and allotments. Walsall Council’s Green Spaces Service is responsible for the management and development of some 529 green space sites which combined cover more than 2160 hectares — nearly 25 per cent of the total area of the borough.
How the service manages these spaces is governed by the council’s Green Space Strategy. Responses gathered from the soon-to-be distributed resident questionnaire will inform the development of the 2018–23 Strategy and wider planning policy. The Strategy will help the council to follow government guidance on planning for green spaces, and will look at whether the current provision of parks and green space is sufficient to meet current and projected local community need.
Consultation begins on 18 January closing on 18 February 2018. For more information or if you do not receive a questionnaire in the post and want to have your say visit: www.walsall.gov.uk/greenspacestrategy