Parks and countryside review
We have now moved into the ‘do’ phase of this review where the main focus will be to further research, validate and implement our proposed recommendations as agreed at Executive Decision on the 8 May.
The recommendations were as follows:
- Planning the development of Horseshoe Lake as a Country Park using a modular approach
- The investigation and development of a Biomass burner and green waste storage/drying area (dependent on recommendation above)
- Implementation of income generation schemes including: enhanced filming scheme and sponsorship for the service
- Implementation of cost reduction schemes including: new approach to enforcement; licensing; service re-design; reduced maintenance budget and staff re-structuring where required
- Service re-design and remodelling to unify responsibility for land management and income generation into a new Natural Estate Service
All of the above recommendations are underpinned by our direction for the future.
We will seek to involve residents, businesses and other partners in developing and maintaining the borough’s green spaces - introducing attractive new services to help reduce our reliance on council funding.
The council recognises the central importance of our green spaces and wildlife, and that they are key to the health and success of the borough.
This council will further enhance the service by:
- encouraging people to join in volunteer and help us raise money
- protecting our natural spaces and creating new ones - to match housing and economic growth
- generating external funding through the planning process for enhancements and ongoing maintenance
- sensitively developing natural spaces and assets to include new facilities and services to generate long term income
We will do this by:
- improving access for everyone living and working in the borough
- caring for our natural spaces for the benefit of both people and wildlife
- generating income to help reduce our costs
- encouraging healthy outdoor activity for all ages and abilities