Parks and Green Spaces: Communities must have their say

Kathy Pearce taking care of our environment

Many local people use parks and Green Spaces on a regular basis. Parks are self-evidently “important community assets”, valued for leisure, relaxation and exercise, as well as contributions to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth. Labour Councillors believe: “Communities have a big role to play in the future of parks and should be consulted on any developments.  However, funding sources are also needed for a sustainable future for our parks and Green Spaces”.

Cllr Mick Lerry (Labour, Victoria)  said: “Talking to local residents I understand the value they place on Parks and Green Spaces for independent walks, seeing nature, going for runs, enjoying the peace and quiet and bringing children to the park. Parks and Green Spaces are a relatively inexpensive way for children to explore wildlife, biodiversity and the natural environment. Health and Wellbeing strategies also need to be resourced if objectives are to be met within the parks and green space strategies of Sedgemoor District Council”

Moorland Flooding
Cllr Mick Lerry out on the Sedgemoor levels during the 2014 floods

Labour councillors understand that: “Key roles for parks include encouraging active travel through safe, green corridors, providing access to nature and having a positive impact on climate change through the ability to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen”.

Addressing Climate Change

Cllr Kathy Pearce (Labour, Westover) said “Labour’s manifesto for Bridgwater recognises the importance of our green spaces and waterways.  We will work with partners and the community to improve these valuable areas of our town.  Alongside this, we will be working to reduce litter by discouraging the use of single use plastics and are committed to implementing a policy to address climate change alongside other councils.”


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