This is where I get parochial; I'll stick with what I know (and the Cabinet and central administration clearly don't) - the threatened open spaces of Stockwood. Here, seven spaces are on the target list:
Burnbush Close (bus terminus field)
Ladman Road (turning circle)
Ladman Road/Bagnell Road
Gillebank Close (pictured above)
Craydon Road Triangle
Hazlebury Road/railway path
As I told the council on Tuesday, only one of the seven could possibly be described as a 'backland' site, such as they love to describe as 'low value'. None of them has significant antisocial behaviour problems. Most are well used by the public, and with a little work all of them could be.
The purpose of delegating the decision to local councillors is to allow local people, who know the sites best, to get involved. But in practice the younger NP's (like ours covering Hengrove and Stockwood) haven't so far excited a lot of interest from residents in general.
I'll try using this blog to point to where the local information is and where to join the discussion - on and offline. Starting with the under-used 'HandS ON' forum where the stage is set to host comments on the Stockwood and Hengrove site sales. If you're a Stockwood or Hengrove resident, please use it.
Note, 24/11/11. The word now is that there will be a little longer allowed for the NP's to reach decisions. In Stockwood that means it's more likely to reach decision time in the April round of NP meetings. It still isn't long, of course. So it was all the more disappointing that at tonight's Stockwood Forum, neither the ward councillor nor the officers showed much interest in launching any kind of dialogue with the residents about it. Power to the people? Huh!