Question 56: How will developer or management company maintained open space be monitored in the future?

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Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 208

Received: 03/03/2015

Respondent: Mr Darren Woodiwiss

Representation Summary:

Random inspections, either by the Council or the community against a pre-agreed check list, a SLA if you like.

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Random inspections, either by the Council or the community against a pre-agreed check list, a SLA if you like.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 283

Received: 30/03/2015

Respondent: SCRAPTOFT Parish Council

Representation Summary:

District Council

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District Council

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 419

Received: 14/04/2015

Respondent: Mr Michael Lord

Representation Summary:

Getting developers to comply with conditions on Open Spaces is important and the Council needs to have the means to do this.

Maintenance of the open spaces is often contracted to a private Company and the costs charged as a levy on the residents. Many residents resent this for many reasons including:
* anyone from outside the development can use the Open Spaces which the residents are paying for
* the Company's performance can leave a lot to be desired - infrequent visits and jobs neglected.
The Council needs to be aware of this and devise a better arrangement. If the maintenance is contracted out then the Company must be chosen carefully and closely monitored.

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HDC Open Spaces Strategy, Easy Read Consultation, March 2015

Responses to the specific questions on the 'Easy Read' document

(Letters have been added to indicate the sequence of questions)

Section/Question Page Response
2 a 4 Yes
b 5 Yes
c 5 Yes, but not all are suitable e.g. disused railway lines may be in private ownership and public footpaths can not be used by cycles.
d 5 Yes, but this may not always be possible e.g. when disused railway lines are in private ownership
5 a 7 No. So more of all are desirable
b 7 Parks, children, allotments and cemeteries there does not seem enough space. There are no cemeteries, allotments or community gardens in Thurnby and Bushby. Also there is no provision in Thurnby and Bushby for young people as all the play areas as far as we are aware provide only for younger children.
6 a 7 This is difficult to answer as it depends on how fit the person is and whether or not they have transport or public transport is provided. (This difficulty applies also to 6b, c, d, e and f). Certainly allotments, children's play areas, amenity space and parks need to be close
b 8 5 minutes walk for an averagely fit adult
c 8 Natural, semi-natural, sports, cemeteries
d 8 10 to 15 minutes on foot for an averagely fit adult
e 8 Yes, near bus route for sports and cemeteries
f 8 An open space doesn't have to be 'exciting'! It does help if it is free from litter etc, so some regular maintenance is important
g 8 None
7 a 10 The Vision sounds good
b 11 The aims also sound good and match the vision and would hopefully, improve the surroundings and our enjoyment of the area
c 11 We don't think the aims should be changed

Open Spaces on New Developments

Getting developers to comply with conditions on Open Spaces is important and the Council needs to have the means to do this.

Maintenance of the open spaces is often contracted to a private Company and the costs charged as a levy on the residents. Many residents resent this for many reasons including:
* anyone from outside the development can use the Open Spaces which the residents are paying for
* the Company's performance can leave a lot to be desired - infrequent visits and jobs neglected.
The Council needs to be aware of this and devise a better arrangement. If the maintenance is contracted out then the Company must be chosen carefully and closely monitored.

Natural Open Spaces

There is a need for natural open spaces which are there for their visual amenity and habitat. They may have no access or controlled or limited access in order to protect them. Some of these open spaces might be privately owned and hence access would be under the owner's control. Those under the Council's control should not be over-managed.

Access

There is a popular misconception that designating an Open Space implies public access, even if that space is privately owned. This is not the case. So this should be made clear somewhere in the Policy.


M.J.Lord
on behalf of the Thurnby and Bushby Society

10 April 2015