Amenity Areas & Footpaths and Open Spaces (Councillor Steady)
Further to last months report when I highlighted how fortunate we were in the open space and amenity areas we have within our town, I would like to draw every bodies attention to a scheme that I am working on.
The scheme will encourage residents and visitors alike to access specific and strategically sited areas within our town; it will link inland areas with established footpath networks and also the proposed Natural England coastal footpath thereby giving access to hides to observe the wildlife and their habitat, recycled material will be used to provide sitting areas in and around the hides and along the access routes. The integration of existing open spaces and public rights of way with new ones including Bridleways will ensure a connection between the areas and inclusive accessibility. Information boards to be sighted at key points to highlight facilities which are available in our town. Existing areas to be upgraded include The Lozenge wild life at Lower Park Road, Gravel Field at Mill Street which will be enlarged as well, the Western Prom including the award winning Millennium Gardens. Two new areas have been identified which will add to the towns offering of access to inclusive facilities.
By being strategically placed it will prevent urban sprawl and help conserve natural areas.
An existing link with the local schools will be strengthened by making an association with protecting the towns existing natural assets by encouraging local community to buy into the objective of providing facilities and services.
To obtain areas in strategic locations thereby creating “green lung areas” so that the local community can access them easily to encourage outdoor activities thereby increasing healthy participation. Making people aware of clean air initiatives helping to affect pollution and climate change. This fits in with the blue flag standard of the water quality and facilities on the Western Prom.
An awareness of the natural beauty that surrounds our town and educating residents and visitors to treat community areas with respect which will then lead to a reduction in anti social behaviour in all areas. Providing a healthy inclusive environment.
To offer an integrated, inclusive and assessable experience for all therefore encouraging visitors to “stay a while” and to support the local economy.
An integrated finance programme to be formulated to under pin other initiatives to be run in conjunction with this scheme.
Attended a Clean-Up session on Gravel Field on Saturday 10th March, with a number of residents.