Drop-in sessions will help decide fate of Bristol’s parks

Bristol City Council will be holding drop-in sessions with Park Officers beginning next week after announcing their plans to cut funding for parks and green spaces.

The drop-in sessions will be hosted as part of the on-going Park Consultation process that seeks to reduce spending by £2.868 million annually.

Park Officers will be available for the public to talk to about their concerns over proposals.

Proposals have so far included plans to charge small businesses for using parks and removing facilities.

The drop-in sessions will be hosted on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th of December. Each drop-in will be held in a different part of the city to allow for widespread attendance.

Toilets, swings and floral displays are all at risk of being axed in the proposal, with professional dog walks, ice creams vans and hot air balloon operators being charged to use parks and green spaces.

Bristol City Council are also considering allowing external businesses to use the park for camping and car boots sales in a bid to increase revenue.

The cuts were announced on the 6th November as part of Mayor Marvin Rees’s ‘Tough Times, High Hopes’ budget consultation.

Consultation will end on the 29th January 2018 and feedback will be taken into consideration as final decisions are made. The council is expected to make an announcement in early 2018.

 

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