The Committee considered documents which deliver on the corporate priority of Develop a Parks Development Plan as part of Aim 4 of the Council’s 2019 – 2023 Corporate Plan to protect and improve the environment, including responding to the climate change emergency.
Reference was made to opportunities to enhance and increase bio diversity throughout areas of the plan. Members were requested to forward any specific points via e mail, but also to consider how measures could be delivered in practice. It was also noted that a bio-diversity strategy will be developed to sit alongside this strategy, and the views of local groups were welcomed. The commitment to reduce the amount of grass cutting was welcomed.
Typographical errors within the report needed to be addressed, including reference to Serpentine Walks rather than The Serpentine.
The Parks Development Fund was welcomed. In response to a query regarding investment in facilities in Simmondley, there is a commitment to invest in the current facilities as well as S106 funding for additional investment if there is further development.
Regarding neighbourhood parks and open spaces that don’t currently exist, the importance of officers and ward members working to support and enhance community and friends groups was stressed.
The impact of the works to the Toddbrook Dam on the park at Whaley Bridge was raised, and discussions are on-going.
Regarding the park at Southhead Drive in Chapel en le Frith, negotiations were on-going to ensure that the condition of the land was suitable for the council to assume the liability.
That the Executive be recommended to approve:
· The New Parks Strategy and associated Park Management Plans;
· The proposed introduction of a Parks Development Fund; and
· The Play and Outdoor Sports Facilities Investment and Delivery Plan.