Green areas in the Stoke-on-Trent city are coming under discussion among Stoke-on-Trent City councillors, who want to hear the residents’ views on the way these public spaces should be looked after and used.
Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with a third of it classed as ‘green space’ – an asset the city council wants to make the most of.
In order to find out what people in the city think of the public green spaces, a small group of councillors has set up a group to design a survey and discuss its findings.
Green spaces can be areas which are managed, with cut grass, or unmanaged, sports facilities such as football pitches and playing fields, the city’s parks, routes along the canals, unused or derelict land and allotments and cemeteries.
Councillor Andy Platt, who is heading up the group, said:
“I would encourage everyone in the city to look around them at the wealth of open spaces and consider whether those are being put to best use.
“By taking part in our survey you will be helping to inform the city council about those areas which are particularly loved by the city, and those which you feel could be better used or preserved.”
Areas being discussed by the group will include whether green spaces could be used to grow food or plants for biofuels, or to enhance people’s health through the provision of outdoor gyms or walking and cycling routes.
For more information and to take part in the survey, go to www.stoke.gov.uk/consultation
The survey has also been sent to parks and allotment-related interest groups and residents’ associations in the city.