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08/12/2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh Draft Open Spaces Strategy Enters Consultation

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Members of the public in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area have been urged to help shape a new draft Open Spaces Strategy.

The proposed strategy for 2022-2026 aims to shape the future of open spaces for everyone in the region to enjoy.

Residents, community groups, businesses and local stakeholders have the chance to make their voices heard on the strategy during a 12-week consultation.

Announcing the consultation, Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: "Following an audit of our open spaces we are pleased to have drafted a strategy on which to consult with our ratepayers. Through this strategy we wish to establish a network of multi-functional open spaces to benefit our local communities. These benefits may be environmental, economic or social in areas where a need has been identified.

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"We recognise the importance of creating a healthy, active and accessible environment to connect places and people. Biodiversity, conservation and adapting to climate change are key to helping protect local environments and wildlife for future generations. Through this strategy we intend to improve the physical and social inclusion of our community. It is essential that we understand what you wish and that we listen to your views. So please take 10-15 minutes to have your say."

When finalised, the Open Spaces Strategy will be part of a five year action plan of identified projects and priorities across the whole Lisburn Castlereagh area. It seeks to secure best value and provide a prioritised framework for investment, maintenance, management of our council area.

Those interested can complete the short online survey here or call into Lagan Valley Island to view the consultation boards and complete a paper questionnaire. If you would prefer to talk to someone to complete the survey please phone 028 9244 7558.

The consultation closes for submissions on 28 February 2022.

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