Con­sul­ta­tion on coun­try parks

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Special Report -

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is be­ing launched on the fu­ture of Kent’s coun­try parks.

Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) is ask­ing for res­i­dents’ views on its strat­egy for the next four years

Seven of the county’s coun­try parks have just re­ceived a Green Flag Award but KCC says it wants to im­prove and ex­tend its fa­cil­i­ties fur­ther.

The parks at­tract 1.65 mil­lion vis­its a year.

The con­sul­ta­tion out­lines three main aims for the ser­vice:

pro­vid­ing a net­work of high qual­ity and bio­di­verse coun­try parks;

in­creas­ing vis­i­tor numbers par­tic­u­larly at off-peak times and among un­der-rep­re­sented groups;

en­sure the ser­vice is as fi­nan­cially self-sus­tain­ing as pos­si­ble.

The con­sul­ta­tion is open un­til Mon­day, Septem­ber 11.

Res­i­dents should visit www. kent.gov.uk/coun­try­parksstrat­egy to view the draft strat­egy and com­plete the short on­line sur­vey.

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