What shall we do with our parks and beaches?

South Marine Park
South Marine Park

COUNCIL bosses are asking for residents’ views to help shape the future of South Tyneside’s open spaces.

A public consultation is being launched to find out what borough residents would like to see happen to our parks, children’s play areas, allotments and cemeteries.

The survey will ask residents and visitors for their views on the quality of such facilities and about how and why they use them.

Their responses, all anonymous, will be taken into account during the creation of the next South Tyneside local plan setting out the borough’s growth, housing and economic development strategy for the next 20 years.

They will be also be used to help support funding bids for leisure and recreation projects.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management at South Tyneside Council, said: “I’d encourage as many people as possible to complete this questionnaire.

“It asks questions about which facilities they use the most and least, why they use them and how they travel to them.

“We’re really keen to hear people’s views, which will help shape our decision-making and strategy and identify ways in which we can improve.”

The surveys asks people to identify how important facilities such as allotments, cemeteries, cycle paths, and nature areas are to them.

It also asks people to rate the availability and quality of such facilities, as well as how easy they are to get to and how often they use them.

The survey covers grassed areas on housing estates, recreation facilities, beaches and riverside pathways too.

It can be found online at www.southtyneside.info/localplan

Printed copies will be made available in public buildings such as libraries.

The consultation period will end on Monday, March 30.