Q. When is a bit of park land not a bit of park land?
A. When it belongs to Bristol City Council and they want to sell it of course!
News now reaches The Blogger that the piece of land on the Bristol and Bath Railway path that the city council is preparing to flog to local developers, Square Peg, is not subject to the council’s new Parks and Open Spaces Strategy because someone at the council has randomly decided that the land is not ‘designated’, whatever that means, as “Public Open Space”, whatever that means.
That’s right. Land on the edge of park land is not park land according to our council. This is despite the fact it looks like park land, feels like park land and is even registered to the city council’s Parks Department on their own ‘Pin Point Map’ of local authority owned land.
Convenient isn’t it? Especially if you consider that the Labour Cabinet initially wanted to sell off £200m worth of our parks and open spaces last year but was prevented by public opposition and had to settle for £100m worth instead.
And now we find officers openly ignoring their own strategy and glibly selling off park land without discussion or consultation with the public or local councillors because it is not designated by them as ‘Public Open Space’.
Where will it end? With £100m of extra park land sold off perhaps?