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Parks Strategy Slammed

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The consultation into the sell-off of parks and green spaces by Lib Dem run Bristol City Council has been criticised by a city MP.  Dawn Primarolo, Labour’s MP for Bristol South, has objected to three proposals drawn up by the Council, and is encouraging residents to have their say as the consultation nears a close.

Dawn has objected to the sell-offs at Salcombe Road Recreation Ground in Knowle, Kings Head Lane Park in Bishopsworth and Higham Street Open Space in Totterdown.  Labour councillors across Bristol South have been commenting on other proposals.

 

Dawn said:

“The Council’s whole consultation process has been shambolic.  Residents have found out about proposals to sell-off green space by chance.  Understandably, they are upset and angered by the Council’s proposals.  Unfortunately, the Council’s various forms and websites seem to be designed to make it as difficult as possible for residents to have their say.”

“If this wasn’t bad enough, we have the extraordinary spectacle of back-bench Liberal Democrat Councillors falling over themselves to criticise the plans.  They need to start taking some responsibility for the mess that their Cabinet have created.”

Turning to the specific proposals she has objected to, Dawn said:

“Lots of residents in Knowle, Bishopsworth and Windmill Hill have been in touch with me to express concerns about these plans.  The Council’s obscure funding proposals mean that there is no guarantee that money will be reinvested in the area where the land is sold off.  That could mean that residents near Salcombe Road have a load of new houses on their doorstep without even an additional bench in the park to make up for it.  It’s just not fair that land sales in Knowle could end up paying for better facilities in Redland, however much they might be needed.”


Posted: 27 October 2010

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