Parks and Greenspaces Strategy consultation – for 27th November 2022
The survey questions are here.
The 3 key strategic aims are:
- inclusion and wellbeing
- climate change and sustainability
- a quality service
The initial questions, numbers 1- 8, are derived from the Parks and Greenspaces Strategy main document (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-pgs)
1.Our overall vision is that Haringey’s parks and greenspaces become fully inclusive shared spaces that deliver our key aims of inclusion and wellbeing, climate change and sustainability and a quality service.
Do you agree with this vision?
2.Is there something important that has not been sufficiently considered in the Parks and Greenspaces strategy and its supporting documents?
4.How can parks be made more welcoming?
5.In the future, would you welcome the chance to work with the council to help us overcome key issues and challenges and deliver our actions and targets?
6.Are there behaviours and activities you have experienced in our local parks that you find off-putting and would prevent you from using parks? For example, some people may feel put off by loud music, criminal behaviour or the presence of dogs.
7.Please share your experiences with us of behaviour or activities you find off-putting.
8.Are you aware of any unused or underused areas of land that could become new greenspace? If so, can you tell us where this is/these are?
The questions that follow, numbers 9-13, are based upon the Community Engagement and Volunteering Plan (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-cevp). The council wants Haringey’s parks and greenspaces to be used by everyone.
- Below are some actions that could help to bring this about. Please rank the actions in order of how important you think the actions are.
1 Developing partnerships with organisations who already work with communities that the Council is seeking to encourage to use parks and greenspaces
2 Providing activities and events that will attract different audiences
3 Providing additional facilities
4 Providing more and better information about what parks offer
5 Changing how parks are managed and maintained including the presence of staff in parks and greenspaces
10.Something else? Please tell us what else you think the council should be doing
11.The council would like to create more opportunities for corporate volunteering in parks. Would your business be interested in volunteering in our parks?
12.How could the council encourage more diversity in our volunteering network?
13.Would you be interested in looking after a newly planted tree or trees on your street?
The following questions, numbers 14-26, are based upon the Parks and Greenspaces Policy Pack (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-pgpp).
14.Do you support our proposed objective to reduce the cost of managing litter and reinvest savings towards improving safety in our parks?
15.Do you have any suggestions that could help to achieve this?
- Do you agree with the policy around the use of vapes and smoking?
17.If not, why not?
18.The council sets out various policies around dog walking. Do you agree with these policies?
19.If not, why not?
20.What do you believe is the best way for residents to raise concerns about the behaviour of dogs or dog owners?
21.Do you agree with the council’s approach for parks to remain unlit to support nature unless there is a compelling reason?
22.In what ways might you use parks differently if there was better lighting?
23.Are there any areas within parks you feel should be lit that currently aren’t?
24.Do you support cycling in parks?
25.Apart from on a limited number of permitted, signed routes, the council does not permit cycling in local nature reserves and ancient woodlands sites in order to protect habitats. Do you support this?
26.Do you have any suggestions as to how this can be enforced?
We would now like to ask you 2 questions about the proposed service standards (https://haringey.gov.uk/doc-pgss).
27.Do you agree with the proposed service standards and quality measures for the Parks and Greenspaces strategy?
28.Are there alternative standards or measures that you would recommend?
The questions that we are now asking (29-37) refer to the Asset Management Plan (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-amp).
29.Where the council is developing capital projects and tree works for a park or greenspace how would you like to be informed/involved?
30.In order to ensure that the council is able to manage any new or improved facilities achieved through the actions of Friends groups or other community partners, we are proposing that any improvements or changes will need to obtain council approval before they can be installed.
Do you agree with this policy?
31.What are your thoughts on areas for seating being designed to support social interaction?
32.Do you think outdoor gyms are a good addition to parks?
33.Would you support the widening of primary footpaths in larger parks?
34.Do you think it is right for the council to maximise funds by securing external funding?
35.If not, why not?
36.The council needs to find more sustainable and energy efficient forms of water play provision than the existing paddling pools, which are expensive to maintain. We are therefore investigating options for modern splash play provision as an alternative.
Would you support the replacement of paddling pools by alternative splash play provision?
37.Do you have any comments with regards to the replacement of paddling pools by alternative splash play provision?
The questions in this section (38-42) refer to the the Biodiversity Action Plan (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-bap).
38.How can the council support the community to collect data on species and habitats to help nature to thrive?
39.How do we encourage users of ancient woodlands and parks to behave in a respectful manner?
40.If you live on a council estate and believe there is an area within the grounds of your estate that could better support biodiversity, which one is it?
41.What can the council do to help better inform and educate everyone in Haringey about Climate Change in order to protect and promote biodiversity?
42.How can the council support and develop Natural Learning for young people in our green spaces?
The questions that follow (43-45) refer to the Tree and Woodland Plan (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-twp).
43.The council wants 10,000 new trees planted in Haringey to help improve air quality and mitigate climate change, and wants to create new areas of woodland, including mini forests.
Is there any unused or underused land you would like to see used for tree planting?
44.How could the council engage better with the community regarding the maintenance of trees?
45.Would you welcome the opportunity to be part of a Tree Forum, where residents’ groups and other organisations can meet to discuss important issues and seek to cooperate on joint initiatives?
Watercourse and Flood Risk Plan (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/doc-wfrp)
46.Finally, the Watercourse and Flood Risk Plan examines the current arrangements for the management of water in parks and greenspaces, the issues and challenges arising from water and the actions being proposed by the council to improve its management of water in parks and greenspaces.
We do not have any specific questions about this plan but would welcome feedback and suggestions.