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Petition: Protect our Parks

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Lead petitioner Rob Acton-Campbell
Petition target Bristol City Council
Start date Sat, 17 Jun 17
Closing date Tue, 31 Oct 17
Last signatories
  • Rebecca Hartnell
  • Stephen MacGillivray
  • Lisa Garasto
  • Sarah Ogden
  • Martin coleman
  • Peter Perrott
  • Keith Down
  • Marion Malcher
  • Mary Beech
  • Bryan Tozer
Signature information

Bristol City Council’s published budget proposals show that they will stop funding our parks from April 2019, relying instead on revenue generated from parks events and other outside sources. Bristol Parks Forum believes this is impossible to achieve in such a short timescale. Many other big cities are exploring this option, some have already decided it simply won't work; this was also the conclusion of last year's Select Committee of the House of Commons.
We, the undersigned, call on Bristol City Council to withdraw this budget plan and work with the Parks Forum and others to develop a realistic alternative.

Background information

Bristol's parks & green spaces are important to the people of Bristol and to their health and wellbeing. They also play a vital role in attracting visitors to the city and reducing the impact of air pollution and climate change, the current plans place our parks at great risk.
The Bristol City Council proposal is for the Parks Service to operate on a 'cost neutral' basis from April 2019. This means they will stop funding parks - a budget cut of £4.5m.
Unless Bristol Parks find ways to replace all this funding with additional income there is a high risk that there will be a drastic cut in the maintenance of parks that will lead to a downward spiral of reduced use and increased anti-social behaviour as standards fall.
The budgeted parks income for 2016/17 was less than £1m. Increasing income on the scale proposed would require significant investment of both of capital and commercial expertise over several years.
Bristol Parks Forum believes that while a significant increase in income can be achieved; having well maintained parks operating on a cost neutral basis by 2019 is simply not possible.

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