Bristol Parks Forum, Release Date: 14th January 2008
Author: Fraser Bridgeford, Chairman, Bristol Parks Forum.
Bristol Parks Forum (BPF) today urged councillors to show their support for the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy as originally consulted. They called for Tuesday’s debate on the State of the City to include the proposed strategy.
Alison Bromilaw of the BPF said: “We are asking councillors to show their support for the the strategy under the financial terms on which it was consulted under and not the revised terms that were presented to cabinet during this debate.”
Further scrutiny over the last few days after BPF highlighting the proposed sell-off of Bristol parkland reveals that the value of land to be sold of could be over £200,000,000 rather than the £102,000,000 highlighted last week.
BPF’s Fraser Bridgeford continued: “Once we investigated the funding model further we discovered that not only the initial capital costs, but also the ongoing maintenance costs would be funded through the sale of Bristol’s vital green infrastructure. This will mean that the total value of land to be sold will be between £196,000,000 and £228,000,000. This just goes from bad to worse and calls into question the validity of the whole consultation process.”
Bristol Parks Forum’s quarterly meeting will be held at Windmill Hill City Farm at 9:30am this Saturday 19th January. All members are urged to attend this weekend to register their support for the Bristol Parks Forum position on the funding proposal.
For all media enquiries relating to this press release, please contact Bristol Parks Forum on 0791 901 5774.