Bromley’s open spaces play an important part in our borough’s identity. They are sanctuaries for many and have been especially important to our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. We deserve to know the plans for these spaces for the next ten years and know that they are safe.
The final Bromley Open Space Strategy for 2021-2031, incorporating consultation responses collected between November 2020 and January 2021, was scheduled to be released in June 2021. This was then delayed to September 2021. We now see a further delay to at least November 2021.
Why does this matter?
The draft strategy was released with some controversy. We submitted a full response, in particular highlighting the stated action to identify "green spaces for development or disposal" - an apparent threat to our green spaces. A swift yet unconvincing denial followed, which we challenged here.
The vision for open spaces in Bromley for the next ten years is an opportunity to reassure and inspire. We hope that when the strategy is finally released, reassurance and inspiration replaces the vagueness seen in the draft.