Playing Pitch Strategy Consultation

Closed 8 Sep 2017

Opened 16 Jun 2017

Results expected 31 Oct 2017

Feedback Updated 29 Nov 2017

We Asked

Between 16th June and 8th September 2017 we asked for comments and feedback on the draft Bristol Playing Pitch Strategy.  The strategy included helping to protect and enhance existing provision; informing the assessment of planning applications and proposed developments; ensuring the most efficient and cost effective management and maintenance of pitch provision; helping to prioritise deliverable projects; ensuring a ‘strategic approach’ to getting the right facilities in the right places and attracting investment from relevant partners.

You Said

We had 125 responses of which 17 were completed surveys.  Of the completed surveys, the majority were completed by sports clubs with over 90% of all responses agreeing with the contents of each section of the strategy.  Various individual comments were made on the strategy document but none of these comments were recurring themes.

We Did

The draft strategy and background information has been updated to reflect any inaccuracies identified.  The NGBs and Sport England have “signed off” the draft strategy and it is in line to be adopted by the city council at a cabinet meeting on 4th December 2017. 

All comments received in the consultation process will be responded to individually where contact information was given.  The Bristol Playing Pitch Strategy action plans will now be implemented.  It represents an ongoing work area and further comments and input are welcomed at any stage through contacting Craig.Hyslop@bristol.gov.uk or sport@bristol.gov.uk.

Overview

The Playing Pitch Strategy considers the number, quality and availability of grass and artificial pitches in the city.  Having a sufficient supply of pitches is important to facilitate and encourage participation in sport and general health and wellbeing in our communities.

The strategy uses include helping to protect and enhance existing provision; informing the assessment of planning applications and proposed developments; ensuring the most efficient and cost effective management and maintenance of pitch provision; helping to prioritise deliverable projects; ensuring a ‘strategic approach’ to getting the right facilities in the right places and attracting investment from relevant partners.

Why We Are Consulting

The draft Playing Pitch Strategy has been prepared by Bristol City Council Officers following detailed Sport England guidance with involvement from the main relevant National Governing Bodies (England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey, The Football Association and the Rugby Football Union) and other key stakeholders.

Following the Sport England guidance has identified many influences and variables that affect the current and future supply of sports pitches in the city.  The most pertinent ones have been considered to form a strategy and action plan.  We want your views and comments on the draft strategy before finalising its content.

What Happens Next

The views and feedback gathered in the consultation process will help to inform the final draft of the strategy.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Community & Voluntary organisations

Interests

  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport and leisure