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Help Shape Your Parks

Sefton Council wants to hear people’s views on the future management of all the borough’s parks and greenspaces. 

Events are taking place across the borough and an online consultation is now live for residents and visitors to give their views on how they would like to see our parks develop.

A report titled ‘Better Places Greener Spaces – the Future of Parks and Greenspaces’ was published in September and now residents are invited to put forward their views on the draft proposals.

The report highlights the links with community and Friends of groups along with other partners such as schools, colleges and businesses, and looks how they can be developed further in the future. 

Some of the key points outlined in the proposals include: 

• The level of volunteer input and support for parks and greenspaces has been massive in recent years, and Sefton Council want to continue to support and develop this over time 

• Parks and greenspaces will have to continue to change, but it is not proposed to close any parks or greenspaces 

• Sefton Council can continue to deliver good quality parks and greenspaces that meet the needs of our community and reach national recognised standards for quality 

• All sites will be safe and useable but some smaller less used spaces will require some design changes 

• Sefton Council will continue to put the community at the heart of managing our parks and greenspaces

• Sefton Council will continue to find new and creative ways to fund parks differently in the future 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are extremely lucky in Sefton to have such an abundance of parks and greenspaces, many of which are recognised through the Green Flag award scheme, Britain in Bloom judging and other quality awards. 

“Despite public parks having seen a reduction in budget, we have maintained a strong commitment to providing good opportunities for play and other uses of our parks and greenspaces. 

“Through the recent Imagine Sefton 2030 engagement process, we know our parks and greenspaces mean so much to so many people in Sefton and beyond, and this report sets out a consultation looking at their future management. 

“This will help us move forward in the way we run them in the face of major Government cuts.

“However, I would like to stress that no parks will close.

“I look forward to taking part in the consultation and hearing residents’ views on the proposals.”

Sefton Council is having to find a further £64m worth of savings between 2017/2020 and is looking at how it provides numerous services across the borough.

There are a number of roadshows taking place across the borough as part of the consultation, including:

  • Meadows Leisure Centre, Maghull – Thursday November 17, 10am-2pm
  • North Park, Bootle – Friday, November 18, 10am – 2pm
  • The Atkinson, Southport – Monday, November 21, 10am-2pm
  • Botanic Gardens, Southport – Wednesday, December 14, 10am-2pm

More roadshows will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you would like a hard copy or an easy read version of the questionnaire and supporting documents, please contact Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces on 0151 934 2421 or email parks@sefton.gov.uk

To take part in the consultation online, visit engagespace.co.uk/sefton

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