Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet has agreed a decision to protect and expand public open spaces. Under the updated policy, the council will not allow any land designated as public open space to be used for any other purpose.
More areas of wildlife habitat will be created in and around Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers. Existing landscapes and open spaces will also be protected. The council will prioritise ensuring that public open spaces are clean, safe and easily accessible to all residents.
Steps will be taken to improve the environmental quality, attractiveness and recreational potential of public spaces, rivers and waterways. This is specified in the council’s Action Plan to tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergency.
Guardianship of places people love
Councillor Rose Moore, Cabinet Member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford, said:
“It has never been more important to protect existing open space, secure new open space and make sure all open space is protected for future generations. It is crucial for the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our local community. We’re dedicated to continuing to provide high quality, well-maintained and safe spaces across the district. Creating opportunities for more people to enjoy sport, recreation and physical activity in their local neighbourhood is key to that sense of wellbeing and ‘guardianship’ of a place – of loving where you live, and living well. I am delighted that we’re maximising the benefits of green spaces for everyone.”
The new policy reflects the council’s commitment to make Chelmsford a more attractive place in Our Chelmsford, Our Plan. The changes will promote Chelmsford’s green credentials too, by protecting and enhancing wildlife habitats and landscapes. The updated policy will also help to reconnect people with nature.