Park Management Plans

Management Plans set out how the space is managed now and plans for the future. Having a Park Management Plan in place will help your group in putting together applications for funding and will also ensure that any projects make allowance for other planned improvements.

We now have a webpage with information for Park Groups who want to get involved with Bristol Parks in putting together Management Plans for their green spaces. It includes links to existing plans. The page has now been updated following the Workshop in June 2013.

Management Plans Webpage >>

Neighbourhood Engagement Team

Area Environment Officers – the 1st point of contact for Park Groups at BCC

Environment and Leisure Services introduced Area Environment Officers from the 1st November 2011. There are seven Area Environment Officer posts, each covering a different area of the city.

The links below are to pdf documents giving more information.

Area Environment Officers – Map with names & contact details – April 2013

Neighbourhood Engagement Team Overview – October 2011

Neighbourhood Engagement Team – Questions & Answers – October 2011

Mayor of Bristol

The election of George Ferguson as City Mayor on 15th November marked a huge change in the way the Council is run.

Mayor’s Views on Parks & Green Spaces

The BPF submitted questions to the mayoral candidates to establish their views on parks and green spaces.

Reply from George Ferguson – Received 4 October 2012

All candidate’s responses

Candidates’ Views on Trees in Bristol

Mayoral Candidates responses to Bristol Tree Forum Questions

Planning Policy

Bristol Development Framework (BDF) – The BDF will set planning policy in Bristol until 2026.

Bristol City Council Webpage with links to all BDF documents –

Bristol Development Framework update for Bristol Parks Forum 21 April 2012

BPF response to Central Area Action Plan Consultation

For more information on planning issues visit the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network (NPN) website >>

Park Improvements and ‘DDA’ Compliance

Alison gave a presentation on this issue to the BPF meeting in January 2011. At Redland Green steps have been rebuilt to ‘DDA standards’ but without any consideration for the visual impact and without proper consideration as to whether they were needed. Since the work (as with most work in parks by the council) did not need planning permission there had been no opportunity for residents to have a say in the design.

Following a meeting with Bristol Parks we have agreed a procedure will be put in place so that any new works proposed in parks and green spaces will only happen after proper consultation with Park Groups. This will include works undertaken by other parts of the Council such as the Cycling City team or highways for example.

While law says that the needs of everyone including the disabled should be considered in any project it is important to realise that there is no law that says that steps or ramps have to be built to a particular standard. Work has to include measures that will improve access to the extent that they are are reasonable in the circumstances. Appearance and cost are factors that can be taken into account in deciding what is reasonable.

Alison’s paper prepared for the BPF meeting can be seen here.

More information on disabled access and the BCC ‘Environmental Access Standards’ are on the BCC website.

‘By all reasonable means; inclusive access to the outdoors for Disabled people’ can be found on the Natural England website.