High Peak council unveils ten year plan for parks and green spaces and launches public consultation

High Peak Borough Council is asking residents to have their say on plans to care for and improve its parks and recreation grounds over the next decade.

By Ed Dingwall
Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 1:03 pm

Working with partner organisations and community groups, the council has drawn up a draft parks strategy setting out how it will protect, maintain and improve green spaces.

Deputy leader Damien Greenhalgh said: “We’re really pleased to be able to share our ambitious plans for parks and green spaces which we know are much-loved and well used by communities across the High Peak.

“When we made the commitment to our parks and open space in our council plan we knew the importance of having, and taking good care of, these places. The Covid restrictions on daily life have really brought their value into sharper focus now.”

High Peak Borough Council has published a draft ten-year management plan for the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

It has now been published for feedback on the overall strategy and detailed individual plans for four formal parks: the Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine in Buxton, Howard and Manor in Glossop, and Whaley Bridge Memorial.

Coun Greenhalgh said: “This strategy sets the framework for how we will manage and develop these places in the future working with our community.

“It is further supported by management plans as we know people will be particularly interested in what’s happening at their favourite park.

“We’re now asking people to have a look at these plans and tell us what they think of the work we are proposing to carry out between now and 2030.”

The public consultation period will run until Sunday, February 14, with participants asked to complete a short survey with space for additional comments.

Coun Greenhalgh said: “It’s really easy to share your thoughts via the online form and we do really want to hear what you think.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to our maintenance partner, Alliance Environmental Services, and community groups for their ongoing and valuable contributions.

“We look forward to continuing to work with them, local residents and park users, as we deliver our plans in the coming months and years.”

The strategy documents and surveys can be found at https://bit.ly/3ipRvMq.

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