Apex Park in Highbridge

Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being invited to have their say on the future of local public recreation spaces in a new survey.

Sedgemoor District Council is seeking views from residents about future provision to understand the current quality and quantity of provision for sport, play and recreation opportunities.

Spokeswoman Claire Faun said: “We want to make sure that local communities have access to facilities, services and spaces such as playing pitches, play areas, indoor sport facilities and informal spaces for recreation, and country parks, allotments and village greens that meet their sporting, leisure, play and recreational needs, both now and in the future.”

That is why the Council is asking for residents’ views in an online survey which can be accessed at https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/3070.  The closing date is October 18th.

Some of the objectives of the study are to understand the current quality and quantity of provision; to understand the current level of use of and demand for each site; and to understand the expected level of future demand based on population projections.

It will also contribute towards achieving the council’s corporate priorities; prepare a strategy for the provision of new sites (if necessary); and create an action plan for the implementation of the strategy.

The study will incorporate a Playing Pitch Strategy, a Play audit, a Built Facilities assessment and an assessment of informal recreation space. The outcome will form part of the evidence base needed to protect existing sites, identify additional needs, inform future planning policies, support bids for funding opportunities, and inform negotiations with developers when securing contributions towards open space, sport and recreation facilities.