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Maidstone Parks & Open Spaces 10 Year Plan

Meeting: 04/07/2017 - Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee (Item 33)

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Minutes:

The Head of Regeneration and Economic Development presented a report on the Maidstone Parks and Open Spaces 10 Year Plan.

 

The Committee was informed that this was the final version of the 10 Year Plan which detailed how the Council would manage the parks and open spaces that were under its control.  The report set out how the challenges would be met using the evidence base produced for the Local Plan and the results of the Residents’ Survey.

 

In response to questions from Members, Officers explained that:-

 

·  The provision of new open spaces would come forward through the planning system and would be a priority in deficit areas.

·  Initiatives were being drawn up under health and wellbeing to encourage cycling in the Council’s parks and open spaces.

·  Some of the Council’s parks and open spaces had been used as receptor sites but had not been made into Nature Reserves.

·  There would be annual updates to the Committee on the progress of the 10 Year Plan.

·  The Grove Green Play Area would be reviewed.

·  Although the river had not been included in the Plan, Whatman Park in the town centre was included.

RESOLVED:  That the Parks and Open Spaces 10 Year Plan as set out in Appendix I to the report of the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development be adopted subject to the amendments identified by Members at the meeting being made.

 

Voting:  For:  Unanimous