What is an open space?
An open space is defined as any outdoor space that is considered to have public value. These spaces can provide health, wellbeing and recreational opportunities to the people living nearby, in additional to providing an ecological value to a variety of species. Open spaces is a term that can cover something as small as a grass verge, to an area as big as a country park.
Who governs the open spaces in Wrexham?
The open spaces throughout Wrexham County Borough are governed by several pieces of legislation, and one of the most important areas of this legislation is Wrexham County Borough Council’s (WCBC’s) obligation to improve the natural environment.
This comes under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. The former of these Acts is focused on improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales and the latter is focused on securing healthy, resilient and productive ecosystems
Wrexham County Borough is a place with a diverse range of open spaces which are accessible and managed appropriately (according to their intended use) to ensure that they are clean, safe, fit-for-purpose and providing maximum opportunities for positive environmental impacts. We have several objectives that when reached, will have environmental, social and economic benefits
Having your say
We all benefit from having access to open spaces throughout the county, so it’s important to have your say on how our open spaces are managed and operated, and also to give feedback on how they are currently run. You can have your say by visiting our ‘your voice platform and taking the survey. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
Lead member for the environment Cllr Hugh Jones said: “Our open spaces and how we use them are an important part of our communities, in recent years our views on how they should look and be used have changed and it is important that we get an up to date understanding of what you consider is important and how you would like them to be used. Please make your views known by responding to our survey running from July 21st to September 1st.