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Weekly Edition - Published 15 August 2015


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Time left to complete parks and open spaces survey

THERE is still time for people to give their views on Liverpool's parks and open spaces.  The survey, part of the City's Local Plan; will help the council better understand the provision of open spaces across the City by securing views on the supply, quantity, quality, accessibility and demand for facilities.  So far there have been more than 1,600 responses, but the deadline for submissions closes on Friday, 28 August 2015.  The results will feed into a wider Open Space Study; highlighting and then investigating where areas are perceived to be lacking or sufficient in open space.  It sits alongside the work of the Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review Board, independently chaired by Simon O'Brien, which is looking at ways to help Liverpool retain its many and diverse green and open spaces.  The survey is 1 of a number of projects feeding in to the preparation of Liverpool's Local Plan, which is a Government requirement and will set out how the City will meet demand for open space, housing, employment and retail between now and 2032/33. Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said:- "We've had a really good response so far, but want as many people as possible to get in touch. The City has got some fantastic parks and open spaces in Liverpool but what we need to better understand is how people use them, why they visit them or why they don't.  This survey is about finding out more about their usage, what people think of the quality and availability and how important they are. We are keen to hear from local people in order to gain a greater understanding of local circumstances and views towards the amount and use of open space provision." The questions are relevant to all publically accessible open spaces, whether owned by the City Council or other organisations. Simon O'Brien, independent chair of the Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review Board, said:- "I would urge people to go online and fill in the survey to help give the fullest picture possible of the use of our parks and open spaces.  This valuable piece of research will make an important contribution to my final report." The Liverpool Parks and Open Space User Feedback Survey can be found online.   Did you know Liverpool has 10 large parks, more than 90 other parks and hundreds of other green spaces such as community gardens, sports pitches and allotments.?


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