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Bristol Parks Forum Update

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Local Plan, Green Space Protection

The next stage of the consultation on the Local Plan which discussed at our meeting last month is now on live on the Council’s website and open until 24th May 2019.
There are three main documents:
  • the Local Plan’s draft policies
  • the draft site allocations
  • the proposals for protection of open space
The final document includes maps showing the proposed designation for each ward. Areas which are Important Open Space in the current plan are to be designated as either Local Green Space (LGS) or Reserved Open Space (ROS).
Areas which are in the Green Belt have not generally been designated. LGS should give similar protection to that of Green Belt areas and therefore more protection that the current designation.
There is also a detailed description of why sites have been designated as they have.
As noted at our meeting please respond to the consultation whether or not you agree with the designations. It is particularly important that you write in support of sites designated as LGS and say why they are special in your view.
We will be arranging a drop-in / briefing session especially for park groups during the consultation, I hope to be able to confirm the date for that later in the week.

Importance of Greenspace for Children

A new report has been published by the Government showing the importance of greenspace for children.
The findings highlight the importance of local greenspaces, including urban parks, recreation grounds and playgrounds for children’s play and experience of the natural world.
It also notes that 70% of all children in England under the age of 16, are said to be spending time outside at least once a week – which implies that nearly a third aren’t!

Toni Brown

Many members of the BPF will have met Toni at our meetings; she was an enthusiastic supporter of Mall Gardens in Clifton and greenspace in general.
Sadly I received this from Joe of ParkWork last week
I had a call from Josh Brown this week to give me the very sad news that Toni passed away earlier this month. Apparently she was at home with family and it was as peaceful as could be wished for.
I offered to pass this information onto you as I’m sure you’ll be happy to circulate to members of BPF and give details of the funeral arrangements.
Toni will be buried at South Bristol Crematorium on the 28th of March at 1.30pm. Toni’s family are unsure of numbers and there are family members coming from overseas so it’s possible that it will be standing room only but they are keen for anyone to attend that wishes to.
Toni will be buried in a ‘Cardboard’ coffin which will be at her home (empty) until shortly before the 28th.  Her wish was that friends and family would be able to drop off personal messages, poetry, pictures or anything else to be included in the coffin.
There will be a celebration of Toni’s life on the 23rd of June of which more details will follow.
Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum
Parks Forum meetings:
18th May, St George, 19th October

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