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Special protection for five open areas in Brighton and Hove

The Argus: Sarah Carlisle, team leader for Stanmer Nursery, Max Glaskin, chairman of the Friends of Blakers Park celebrate with councillor Pete West – Image by Southern News and Pictures Sarah Carlisle, team leader for Stanmer Nursery, Max Glaskin, chairman of the Friends of Blakers Park celebrate with councillor Pete West – Image by Southern News and Pictures

Five outdoor spaces are to be permanently protected from development.

The areas in Brighton and Hove will get national recognition under proposals to ensure they are used for sport, play and recreation forever.

The spaces are Blakers Park, Carden Park, Horsdean Recreational Ground, Woodingdean Bowls Club and Hangleton Park.

Brighton and Hove City Council has recommended they be given protection under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust initiative.

The charity launched a campaign earlier this year to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in the UK as a permanent legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Welcomed protection

Max Glaskin, chairman of the Friends of Blakers Park, welcomed the move and said it was great for the community.

He said: “It will give an extra level of protection to what is a much loved small park.

“It is almost a secret garden – many people in Brighton do not know it exists.

“But it is a great resource for families, children and anyone else who wants to visit.”

Mr Glaskin said the Friends of Blakers Park will hold a special event to celebrate.

As well as additional protection, the Fields in Trust scheme allows parks to bid for funding.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the environment and sustainability committee, said: “Our public open spaces already have very high levels of protection.

"For me the exciting thing about this scheme is the chance to get more community involvement in what are vital community assets.”

A further two sites – the Kingsway Bowls Club and St Nicholas Rest Gardens – have also expressed an interest.

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3:23pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Charismatic Andrew says...

“Our public open spaces already have very high levels of protection".

........ the travellers appear to have a different view......
“Our public open spaces already have very high levels of protection". ........ the travellers appear to have a different view...... Charismatic Andrew
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4:16pm Wed 5 Dec 12

chilliman says...

And they don't seem to have any problems getting in several times a year.
And they don't seem to have any problems getting in several times a year. chilliman
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4:18pm Wed 5 Dec 12

quedula says...

It is difficult to imagine that somewhere like Blakers Park would need "extra protection". There would surely be blood on the streets if a developer tried to build on it. . .
It is difficult to imagine that somewhere like Blakers Park would need "extra protection". There would surely be blood on the streets if a developer tried to build on it. . . quedula
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7:47pm Wed 5 Dec 12

nosolution says...

In a 100 years time these places will be the only green areas left.Everywhere else will of been concreted over for housing..
In a 100 years time these places will be the only green areas left.Everywhere else will of been concreted over for housing.. nosolution
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12:46am Fri 7 Dec 12

fredflintstone1 says...

Cllr West - what a hypocrite! Unfortunately, our public parks don't have the necessary protection that local people wish they did. Certainly not under your Green administration.

You're intent on carrying on cutting down trees at Wild Park and developing much of the area there into a sheep farm.

If you support community involvement, remember 1770 people signed a petition opposed what was proposed for Wild Park, but you've carried on regardless.
Cllr West - what a hypocrite! Unfortunately, our public parks don't have the necessary protection that local people wish they did. Certainly not under your Green administration. You're intent on carrying on cutting down trees at Wild Park and developing much of the area there into a sheep farm. If you support community involvement, remember 1770 people signed a petition opposed what was proposed for Wild Park, but you've carried on regardless. fredflintstone1
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