Between May and July last year City of Edinburgh Council consulted on an open space audit. They received over 900 comments in addition to almost 700 completed questionnaires and as a result of these the audit was updated and approved in its final form in December 2009. A summary of the comments will be made available at locations listed below by 2 April and an interactive online audit will be updated shortly.
The next stage involves the preparation of the Open Space Strategy itself. The draft strategy was approved for consultation by the Council’s Policy and Strategy and Planning Committees in February 2010. The purpose of the strategy will be to ensure that a coordinated approach is taken to meeting Edinburgh’s open space needs and protecting and developing the city’s network of open spaces. As part of this, the strategy sets out standards for the provision of different types of open space in Edinburgh. It is also supported by 12 action plans, one for each neighbourhood partnership area.
Consultation on the draft strategy runs for a period of eight weeks from 26 March to 21 May.
During this time, comments on the draft strategy and the accompanying environmental report can be made to Finlay Martin at OpenSpaceStrategy@edinburgh.
gov.uk. Comments made will be taken into account when preparing the final strategy.
Copies of the draft strategy, action plans, list of public events and environmental report will be available at the following locations by 2 April:
- Planning and Building Standards Reception, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street (opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 5.00 pm, and from 8:30 am to 3.40 pm on Friday)
- all Council Libraries during normal opening hours.
In the meantime these documents are available on the Council’s website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/