Thursday, 20 November 2008
Putting a Price on our Green Spaces
Other bloggers, like Glenn Vowles in Knowle and the Bristol Blogger have been busy exposing the dodgy dealings behind sales of council land (our land) for development - notably to Squarepeg, developers of the chocolate factory site at Greenbank, with its much-hyped 'cycle houses' fronting the Bristol-Bath cycle path. The credentials of developer and council have been seriously compromised by an apparent deal bypassing the council's own Parks and Green Spaces Strategy, so that Squarepeg can extend the site into the path edging leaving room for still more houses in the development.
The Strategy in question came into plenty of criticism from the Greens when it was adopted by the council last year. It aims to get the city's neglected parks back up to scratch by selling off swathes of land to raise cash - keeping the lion's share (though not all) of the capital raised to maintain and improve the rest.
Each part of the city is to have its own Area Green Space Plan. For starters, the council is inviting interested residents to take part in developing a draft plan. For those of us in Stockwood and Hengrove, the process starts at the beginning of December.
If you're interested, or would like to know more, email Heather Barham (heather.barham (at) bristol.gov.uk , or ring her (Tuesdays to Thursdays) on 0117 922 3087 or 07765 784537.