Your views wanted to shape future of open spaces

Tuesday, 12 April, 2022
Clacton seafront gardens

Views are being sought on open spaces across Tendring to help shape future provision.

The district has a wide variety of open spaces, from allotments to play areas and parks to recreation grounds, with four Green Flags held by Tendring District Council (TDC). Each can provide opportunities for sport and leisure, tourism, wildlife and biodiversity, helping community well-being and the local economy.

The council is now looking for up-to-date information on these open spaces to ensure there are enough of them, and of the right type, that meet the needs of those who live or work in the district, and those who visit too, and a public survey forms part of this work.

Consultants are now carrying out a review, which will help inform future planning policies, the needs of the Tendring Colchester Border Garden Community, and shape investment decisions.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, encouraged people to have their say.

“While we can look at various pieces of data about our open spaces, what is invaluable to us is that lived experience – what do people who use our parks and playgrounds think of them,” Councillor Talbot said.

“Or perhaps you don’t use our open spaces; and the reasons why could be really helpful too.

“This information will all help us to see where we may have gaps, what we may need to invest in, and make our already brilliant open spaces even better for generations to come.”

Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, added: “While we have recently adopted our new Local Plan, the work does not stop there – and this forms part of the ongoing policy development we carry out to keep our approach relevant.”

The survey can be completed online here. Responses must be made by 31 May 2022.

Last updated on: 12/04/2022 - 14:15