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To ensure that no-one is excluded from using parks and open spaces on the grounds of ethnicity, gender, age or disability.

Summary

  • The most commonly suggested improvements to ensuring no-one is excluded from parks and open spaces relates to their physical features (18%), including considering physical access measures like paths, ramps and gates, as well as maintenance (e.g. removing obstacles from paths)
  • Respondents also suggest ensuring parks are generally accessible, welcoming, and safe for all (15%) and suggest improving the supervision of these spaces (11%), such as through physical presence or CCTV

How can the council help to improve things in this area?

Base: Total sample (638)

This table shows how respondents feel the council could help improve things in this area, relating to the principle ‘To ensure that no-one is excluded from using parks and open spaces on the grounds of ethnicity, gender, age or disability’:
18% suggest through physical features, like access measures (e.g. paths, ramps and gates), and maintenance
15% suggest by ensuring parks are accessible, welcoming, and safe for all
11% suggest through supervision, such as parkkeepers, CCTV, community patrols, and reducing anti-social behaviour
6% suggest play equipment, such as being accessible for physical disabilities, or appropriate for different ages
6% suggest to provide enough and appropriate seating e.g. benches, picnic tables, and cafes
5% suggest through engagement, such as inclusive events, education, and consultation with relevant groups
4% suggest through sufficient signage, such as in multiple languages, showing how to report issues, or with rules of the open space
3% leave comments in relation to dogs, such as allowing more in parks (on-lead), enforcing fines, or restricting access
3% suggest toilet facilities, including accessible facilities
2% suggest through considerations for all disabilities, such as visual impairments, sensory areas, or quiet areas
2% suggest considering travel links to make accessing parks easy, particularly with active travel
2% feel the council is already doing enough in regard to inclusion
4% make other suggestions
58% did not leave a relevant comment

wdt_ID Key themes Percentage (%)
1 Physical features: access measures e.g. paths, ramps and gates, maintenance 18
2 Ensure parks are accessible, welcoming, and safe for all 15
3 Supervision: parkkeepers, CCTV, community patrols, reducing anti-social behaviour 11
4 Play equipment: accessible for physical disabilities, appropriate for different ages 6
5 Provide enough and appropriate seating – benches, picnic tables, cafés 6
6 Engagement: inclusive events, education, and consultation with relevant groups 5
7 Sufficient signage: multiple languages, how to report issues, rules of open space 4
8 Dogs: allow in more parks (on-lead), enforce fines, restrict access 3
9 Toilet facilities, including accessible facilities 3
10 Considerations for all disabilities – visual impairments, sensory areas, quiet areas 2
11 Consider travel links to make accessing parks easy, particularly with active travel 2
12 Already doing enough in regard to inclusion 2
13 Other 4
14 No relevant comment 58