Brickfields Park Community Consultation 2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in the park community consultation which took place between August and September 2020. The consultation survey received 120 responses and the drop-in events were very well attended.

Feedback through the consultation shows:

  • There are good levels of contentment with the park, with 73% of respondents scoring overall satisfaction as either very satisfied or satisfied.
  • 85% of respondents either strongly or somewhat agreed that visiting the park is important for their health and wellbeing. Visitors particularly value the views, tranquillity, fresh air and natural surroundings.
  • Litter is a significant cause of dissatisfaction with the park and despite it being a social space comments show that there are some conflicts between different user groups.
  • Getting into and around the park isn’t always easy and it has relatively poor active travel links, particularly considering it’s proximity to the Linear Park shared path
  • There were very high levels of support for suggestions put forward in the consultation
    • The majority of respondents (87%) supported suggestions for making it easier to get into and around the park safely.
    • When asked about active lifestyles and what would assist visitors in being more active when visiting the park, 51% expressed a preference for an outdoor gym. Other popular suggestions were marked walking/running routes (39%) and more organised sports events/activities (39%)
    • The vast majority of respondents (93%) supported suggestions for helping to tackle the climate & nature emergency.
    • The vast majority of respondents (98%) supported the suggestion of a new viewpoint & seating area near the play area.
  • Visitors already help look after the park, such as by picking up litter and reporting issues to the Council.  79% of respondents would consider volunteering to help create and maintain a new nature area at Brickfields Park

You can read the full consultation report by clicking here.

What happens next?

  • The consultation report outlines a number of recommendations which are subject to funding being secured.
  • The recommendations have been prioritised based on feedback in the consultation and cost/likely availability of funding.
  • It is hoped that the High Priority improvements can be delivered in the next 1-2 years
  • A community tree planting event is planned for the park in the new year.  Dates will be posted here in due course
For further information email. or tel. 01225 39 40 41 (Council Connect)

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