Rochford District Council residents have been given the opportunity to comment on the RDC draft Open Spaces Strategy.
The Friends of Sweyne Park are encouraging people to respond to the consultation, saying:
The committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to respond to this survey…
In the past RDC have been criticised for not taking enough note of public consultations. Maybe that is because so few people actually respond. In an interview on Essex Radio Cllr Simon Smith said that there were 90,000 people in the Rochford district. A recent on line council tax survey had a response from just 24 people.
I hope we can do better than that with this important survey. A significant amount of the Council’s budget is allocated to Open Spaces and if we the council tax payers and open space users want to see a reflection of our views we should take this opportunity to let them know what they are.
The draft Open Spaces Strategy is a large and comprehensive document – don’t be put off! Below is a link to the Open Space Strategy Consultation page on the RDC website where you can find the online form or download a paper copy. You will find references to Cherry Orchard Park and The Friends of Cherry Orchard Park as well as proposals for all open spaces that include the park.