Wirral residents urged to give their views on open spaces

Residents in Wirral are being urged to take part in the Council’s survey of public open spaces, including play areas, parks, promenades and allotments.

The deadline for the questionnaire to be completed is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Councillor Tom Anderson, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said: “The Town Hall’s survey is looking at some of the most loved and well used facilities in the Borough.

“The results will be used for the long-overdue Local Plan but I also want to make sure that suggestions for improvements from residents are included in how we run maintain these facilities in the future.  

"Too often, decisions are taken with little or no consideration of the people who use them.

“As we saw with Labour’s parking charges in the country parks, the effects of getting decisions wrong can be disastrous.”

The link to the Council’s survey can be found here and covers:

•    Local park or gardens: often well designed sites of high quality with opportunities for informal recreation and community events•    Country park: Area of countryside for public recreation

•    Nature reserve, common or woodland: Areas intended for wildlife conservation, biodiversity and environmental education and awareness

•    Play area for young children: Areas designed for play and social interaction containing play equipment (ie swings, slides etc). Often intended for supervised play

•    Teenage provision: Play facilities aimed at older children such multi-use games areas, skateboard areas and BMX tracks. Often intended for unsupervised play

•    General amenity greenspace: Grassed areas providing opportunities for informal activities close to home or work

•    Allotments and community schemes: Opportunities for people to grow their own produce as part of the long term promotion of sustainability, health and social inclusion 

•    Cemeteries and churchyards: Quiet contemplation areas, which are often linked to the promotion of wildlife conservation and biodiversity

•    Civic spaces, war memorials: Market squares, war memorials and other hard surfaced areas designed for pedestrians and which often provide a setting for civic buildings, public demonstrations and community events

•    Outdoor networks (such as cycleways, footpaths, bridleways): Areas or routes for walking, cycling or horse riding, whether for leisure purposes or travel, which also help attract wildlife

•    Promenades: Paved areas along a seafront often used for walking and cycling