Consultation to start on Barnet’s Parks and open spaces

Author: Yasmin Nelson


Barnet Council is seeking residents’ views on developing some of the borough’s parks and leisure spaces.

As part of the implementation of Barnet’s Parks and Open Spaces Strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy, agreed in 2016 and 2017 respectively, a number of master plans are being developed to identify the specific enhancements required to improve the chosen sites.

Barnet’s collection of parks is an important part of what makes it a green borough, and the council wants to ensure they are of the best possible quality and designed with the residents and visitors who will use them in mind.

 Barnet Council is asking for residents’ views on how the following parks and open spaces can be improved for the benefit of local communities in the borough. 

The Copthall Sports Hub and Mill Hill Open Spaces Master Plan, which has been in development for the last 12 months, looks to redevelop a cluster of parks and open spaces across Mill Hill and Hendon, including: Copthall Playing Fields, Mill Hill Park, Sunny Hill Park, Arrandene Open Space and Bittacy Hill Park. The consultation is currently live and will end on Saturday, 2 July.

The master plans for Barnet Playing Fields and King George V Playing Fields and West Hendon Playing Fields and associated community facilities are in early development and aim to put new sport hubs in place, as well as open space redevelopment.  The consultation for the early development of the master plans run until Sunday, 3 June.

A consultation on the master plan for Victoria Park, Finchley, is open and will run until Monday 13th July. This consultation aims to gather the public's views on proposed additions such as play, tennis and a multi-use games areas as well as any other preferences as to what work should be done with the money available.

Chairman of the Environment Committee, Councillor Dean Cohen, said: “Barnet has a great collection of parks and green spaces and these are an important part of what makes us a green and family-friendly borough.

“We want everyone to enjoy our good quality parks and open spaces and to make sure they are among the best in London. With that in mind, we would greatly encourage residents to take part in the various consultation exercises. This feedback will be vital in helping shape the future plans for these parks and open spaces.”

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