Councillor Martin Plackett asks:How is your Local Park or Open Space performing?
Broxtowe residents are being encouraged to get online and have their say on a selection of the parks and open spaces in the Borough to help ensure they meet the ‘Broxtowe Standard’.
The questionnaire is available at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/parkssurvey and asks residents to rate their chosen parks or open spaces on a number of areas including how welcoming they are, signage, cleanliness, access and facilities available.
“We know that our residents share our love for our parks and want to keep improving them for future generations to enjoy. £0.5 million has been set aside for park improvements over the next two years as part of the Council’s Pride In Parks initiative, which aims to ensure that residents across the Borough have an opportunity to enjoy quality open space and play facilities, so we’re really keen to hear from as many people as possible to help inform our improvement programme,” said Councillor Shane Easom, Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee.
Following last year’s consultation, the Council have listened to residents and have made many improvements including:
Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground, Beeston – residents told us they were concerned about gates always being left open so we’ve installed two new self-closing gates and a new access path
Sherman Drive Open Space, Chilwell – resident feedback showed that the play area needed an upgrade so funding has been identified for these improvement works in 2019/20.
Millfield Road Open Space, Kimberley – there were comments about a lack of play facilities to cater for a range of age groups so we’ve set aside £20,000 for improvements to the play area this summer.
Redbridge Drive Play Area, Nuthall – residents felt there was inadequate play facilities for younger children so £47,500 is being invested in improvements, with work due to start shortly.Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, Stapleford – residents told us they thought the play facilities were outdated. We will be submitting a bid for additional external funding for a proposed major play area improvement scheme and if the bid is successful, work will take place in summer 2019.
Banks Road Open Space, Toton – path resurfacing was a priority and we were able to secure external funding to improve the paths and undertake wetland habitat improvements which have now been completed.
The questionnaire will run on the Council’s website until 31st July.