An open space strategy which sets a vision for new and improved open spaces for Aberdeen has been published by the city council.
Open spaces are the open, usually green areas, in and on the edges of settlements. They can include parks, gardens, playing fields, woodland, river corridors, play areas, allotments and civic spaces.
The Aberdeen City Open Space Strategy aims to improve the quality of the area’s open spaces and contribute to the city’s environment, health and economy.
It is based on the results of the extensive public consultation and open space audit conducted in 2010. The strategy contains a high-level action plan and suggests innovative ways of working and improving the quality of open spaces.
The Aberdeen City Open Space Strategy is not for the council alone, it is a city-wide strategy which everyone can get involved in and contribute to its successful delivery, making the city an even more attractive place to live, work and invest in.
Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Kate Dean said: “Aberdeen is renowned for its beautiful parks and open spaces and is blessed with some of the best green spaces in Scotland. This makes for a beautiful city environment and contributes to our quality of life.
“Developing and managing quality open spaces is a major challenge that demands resources and time. This cannot be achieved by an individual or one organisation – it requires joint working and a partnership approach.
“I am delighted to say that Aberdeen City Council has adopted a new approach to manage our open spaces and natural assets. The Aberdeen Open Space Strategy is an important milestone and shows our commitment to delivering quality services.”
Evidence shows that quality, accessible and well-maintained open space delivers a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits and also helps to mitigate the impacts of climate change such as flooding and air pollution, enhances biodiversity and promotes sustainable development. Research also highlights the negative impacts of poor quality and degraded local environments on people’s quality of life.
The strategy is available to download at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/openspace. The strategy is available to download atwww.aberdeencity.gov.uk/openspace. The strategy is available to download at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/openspace. To obtain a hard copy contact Aftab Majeed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01224 523464.