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The future of open spaces - Welwyn consults the public
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:45:47 am »
Just in from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The authority has set up a consultation portal http://consult.welhat.gov.uk/portal and has an online questionnaire http://consult.welhat.gov.uk/public/planning_policy/open_space_strategy/oss_questionnaire .  Here is the news release...

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Public Consultation on Open Space Strategy

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council manages over 2,000 acres of open space, which is very important to the council and residents alike. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is consulting on its proposals for providing, improving and managing council-owned open space in the borough, over the next 10 years.

The consultation seeks views about how the council should manage and approach improvements towards a variety of open spaces, including:

          o amenity green spaces
          o play spaces
          o outdoor sports facilities
          o churchyards and cemeteries
          o civic spaces
          o natural and semi natural open spaces
          o green corridors
          o parks and gardens
          o allotments and community gardens.

Consultation closes on Monday 16 November. Views will then be collated to identify the issues and areas of agreement. The Open Space Strategy will be an essential tool to assess the contribution open space already makes to the borough, and to focus council resources on enhancing this provision.

Residents can complete the questionnaire and comment on the strategy online. Copies of the proposed Open Space Strategy and questionnaire are also available for download on the council’s website. Please use the questionnaire to pass your views on the Strategy back to the council. The results of the consultation will be published on www.welhat.gov.uk.

Councillor Colin Couch, Chair of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “The open space in the borough is very important to everyone who lives in the area. It is vital that residents share their views so that the council can make the best plans for the future of the borough.”

ENDS/PR/09/130

Notes to editors:

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is committed to the provision of high quality services in a way which are accessible to everyone. To help ensure that the consultation process reaches a diverse range of people, residents are encouraged to complete the ‘About You’ section at the beginning of the questionnaire. All forms are anonymous.

All information given to the council will only be used for the purpose of informing the Open Space Strategy and will not be passed onto any third parties, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

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