Open spaces come under scrutiny

A STUDY of all open space and sport and leisure facilities is to be held in Ipswich.Ipswich borough council has appointed PMP, a specialist sports and leisure consultancy, to undertake the study.

A STUDY of all open space and sport and leisure facilities is to be held in Ipswich.

Ipswich borough council has appointed PMP, a specialist sports and leisure consultancy, to undertake the study.

The work will focus on open space used by people in the town and will include parks and gardens, woodlands and scrubland, green corridors, outdoor sports facilities and children's play areas.

It will also look at indoor sports provision.

The hope is to find out how much demand there is for current facilities and will recommend new local standards for different types of open space and recreational facilities.

The study will also recommend areas for protection, enhancement, or relocation.

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PMP will also be preparing a playing pitch strategy for the borough which will look at the demand for football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches.

They will be carrying out a survey of all the clubs that currently use pitches and of the people who provide them, such as the council, clubs, schools and private owners.

This month will see local groups and organisations asked for their views on existing facilities and what people would like to see in the future.

The consultation will include drop-in sessions, household and user surveys and questionnaires.

The drop-in sessions are free and open to all to and will be held on the Cornhill, outside the town hall.

One was due to be held today with a further one scheduled for between 9am and 1pm on Monday August 13.

Anyone who would like to comment on any types of open space can contact PMP by e-mailing Ipswichopenspaces@pmpconsult.com or writing to Ipswich Open Spaces Study, PMP London, 48 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NL.

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