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Open up about open spaces
Wednesday 14th August, 2013

THEY’RE the spaces people use for walking, enjoying the outdoors and growing vegetables. Wigan Borough has a wealth of open land but now the council wants to know more about who is using it and how often it gets used.

Wigan Council is updating its records so is carrying out a survey to establish what people think about the area’s open spaces and how often they use them.

The survey covers footpaths and cycle paths, allotments, nature areas, parks, play areas and recreation grounds. Sports clubs are being asked for their feedback but the council’s planners also want to hear what residents think. The information is needed to help plan open space in the future, particularly when applications for new housing developments are being considered.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “I think we all value open space and use it for a wide variety of activities. We’re asking people to tell us what they think about the land where they live and if they think it is good enough and if there is enough of it.

“This is important because the information we collect will be used when development is being considered. It will also tell us where we need to make improvements. I hope as many people as possible will complete the survey to give us a true picture of open space in Wigan.”

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and is anonymous. The closing date is Friday 20 September. The questionnaire can be found at www.wigan.gov.uk/OpenSpace

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