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Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 2: What is the Open Spaces Strategy?
- Chapter 3: What the Open Spaces Strategy will do.
- Chapter 4: Policy Context
- Chapter 5: Strategy Vision
- Chapter 6: The Benefits of Open Space
- Chapter 7: Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
- Chapter 8: Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 9: Current Management Arrangements and Partnerships
- Chapter 10: Harborough District Councils Open Spaces
- Chapter 11 Future Management Proposals for Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 12: The value of Open Space to Business and the Local Community
- Chapter 13: Minimum Provision, Accessibility and Quality Thresholds
- Chapter 14: Aims of the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 15: Aim 1.The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
- Chapter 16: Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
- Chapter 17: Aim 3. To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free, and contribute towards a safe environment
- Chapter 18: Aim 4. Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces
- Chapter 19: Aim 5: Deliver value for money services when managing open space
- Chapter 20: Aim 6. Open Space supports business and income is maximised
- Chapter 21: Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
- Chapter 22: Open Space Strategy Action Plan
- Chapter 23: Consultation
- Chapter 24: Strategy Review
- Chapter 25: List of Appendices
- Chapter 26 Introduction to Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation
- Chapter 27 Scope of the open space and sport and recreation consultation
- Chapter 28 Open Space Calculations
- Chapter 29 When will the policy be applied?
- Chapter 30 What types of open space, sport and recreation facilities will require developer contributions?
- Chapter 31 How will the policy operate?
- Chapter 32 Where are the open spaces to be provided?
- Chapter 33 Appendix S: Developer contributions for new provision/enhancement of open space
- Chapter 34 Appendix T: Developer Contributions towards the Future Maintenance Costs of Outdoor Play Space, Amenity Areas and other Open Spaces
18.1. Volunteering in Harborough District Councils open spaces make an invaluable contribution to provision of the service. Volunteers carry out a huge number of activities from ornamental planting and environment initiatives, to play days and sports provision.
18.2. As the amount of volunteering increases or changes it may be necessary for the District Council to change the way it supports volunteer groups.
18.3. Volunteering groups range from groups that come together infrequently or on a 'needs' basis, to fully constituted groups such as Harborough in Bloom, Friends of Welland Park to sports clubs that provide activities for young people and others and fully autonomous charities such as Canal and Rivers Trust, Welland Rivers Trust and Sustainable Harborough amongst others.
18.4. Volunteers and voluntary groups require help and advice during their initial stages, to ensure they become valuable and sustainable contributors to open space provision and the activities that take place there.
18.5. Volunteering on open spaces should be welcomed, supported and promoted by the Council. Where needed, assistance should be given in the form of information and advice to help volunteering groups start up.
18.6. When inviting volunteering groups onto Council managed open space, the Authority will ensure that open spaces are as safe as is practical, and risks are reduced to a minimum.
18.7. What has been achieved since 2009:
£1m grant and xx hours of volunteer time since 2014
Welland Rivers Trust
£0.5m grant for River Welland restoration; also Stonton and Langton Brook restoration and improvements. Xx hours of volunteer time since 2012
Canal and Rivers Trust
Harborough in Bloom
Friends of Welland Park
Grant of £60k to resurface tennis courts
Provision of Sport on Open Spaces
Clubs and volunteers
18.8. Related Policies
Corporate Property Strategy
Actions to achieve this objective
Teams should review structures to ensure that they are sufficiently customer focussed to support volunteering on open spaces.
Teams should ensure volunteers are given timely and suitable support and advice, especially during the first few months of a project.
Teams will ensure that volunteer groups are signposted towards organisations that can provide further support, advice or funding
Actions to achieve this objective
Teams should ensure that bureaucracy is avoided to allow volunteers to operate successfully on District Council open spaces
Licences to operate on District Council open spaces for less than 5 years ( Corporate Property Strategy, Supplementary Policy & Procedures, Disposal, Acquisition & Community Asset Transfer Policy) will be made on officer recommendation with Director of Community Services Approval.
Leases to operate on District Council open space will be mad by officer recommendation with Portfolio Holder approval in accordance with the relevant Corporate Property Strategy policy.
Actions to achieve this aim
Developer contributions that are collected for off site open space improvements will be directed as a priority to volunteer groups that can demonstrate that they have secured, or will secure, additional funding for their project.
Distribution of S106 contributions will meet the Allocations (grants) process and be in accordance with the Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation.
Sustainable and long term projects will be supported as a priority
Teams should identify key areas where volunteer support will provide a clear benefit to the Council.