Saturday, 5 September 2009
Bristol's Other Railway Path - 1
[This is the one that runs south through Stockwood along the Sturminster valley, following the route of the old Radstock line. Part of NCN route 3, which, if you stay with it long enough, will take you to Lands End.]
The rumoured sale of some of the green wooded space lying between the Whitchurch Railway path and Hazelbury Road raises questions about the council's observing its own rules for land disposal, as laid down in its Parks and Green Spaces Strategy which was adopted in February 2008. Did they really do it without the "extensive local consultation, research and observation" we were promised?
They certainly tried it with land alongside that other railway path (the one everyone talks about, up past the chocolate factory.) But after that little scandal was exposed, could it happen here, quietly, while the Area Green Space Plan is still being drafted?
It's enough to prompt questions in the council meeting. I've tabled some for Gary Hopkins to answer on the 15th:
2. Is the ribbon of green space (mapped in green and brown) in Stockwood alongside the Whitchurch Railway Path (National Cycle Network Route 3)
a) a part of the city Parks land holding? and
b) subject to the P&GSS ?
3. Is any part of it currently up for sale, in the process of being sold, or recently sold? (if so, a map would be helpful)
4. Has any such land been fully assessed before sale as prescribed in the P&GSS (p36)?