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Still time to give your views on outdoor leisure spaces in West Lancashire

There is still time West Lancashire residents can have their say on an important new study by the Borough Council regarding outdoor places where people enjoy spending their leisure time.

The Open Space Study will audit existing places in West Lancashire such as parks, recreation grounds, allotments, nature sites and play areas.

It will consider the supply of and future demand for open leisure spaces in the Borough and form an important piece of evidence for the emerging West Lancashire Local Plan by identifying future priorities for open space.

An important part of the study will be to obtain the views of residents and local interest groups in relation to the quantity and quality of open spaces, accessibility to them and what improvements should be made.

An online survey has been produced in order to gather these views which is available for completion via the Council’s website and can be found at consultation. There is also a shorter online survey for children of primary school age. The closing date for people to respond to both surveys has been extended to 8 December.

Findings from the audit and the online survey will be used to produce a report which assesses open leisure spaces in the area, identifies standards of provision and make recommendations for the future. The study is expected to be completed by March 2018.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “This is an important study for West Lancashire and I would urge local people to get involved by giving their views. We have had a number of responses to our consultation but we want as many people as possible to respond to give people a clear indication of what local people think.”

For further details please contact the Council’s Strategic Planning and Implementation Team by calling 01695 585393 or emailing localplan@westlancs.gov.uk.

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