A SERIES of meetings is now underway between Wyre Forest District Council and local Friends groups to discuss agreements for how local parks and green spaces can be developed jointly into the future.

The Friends of Brinton Park, Baxter Gardens, Springfield Park, Broadwaters and St Georges Park have all been contacted by the council to discuss what they want to see in their parks and also to advise on what they personally wish to deliver in their local park.

The completed documents will become 10 year development plans for the parks and will form the basis of Big Society Parks management plans or a Big Soc Parks Doc.

Agreed issues will be used to formalise a partnership between the council and the users of the parks and so strengthen the co-operation and understanding of the groups involved.

Conservative Tracey Onslow, district council cabinet member for community well-being, said: “Wyre Forest District Council has had good working partnerships for several years now with a number of the groups.

“So, with the support of new government legislation in the form of Big Society, community Friends groups can now experience even more support and commitment to their parks and green spaces by the local council.

“The council already has established relationships with groups such as Broadwaters, Brinton Park, St George's, Springfield Park and Baxter Gardens.

“Over the forthcoming weeks and months the parks team at the council will be unveiling plans to develop each of the sites over the next 10 years, and this can only be sustained with the full input and support of each of the groups.”

For more information contact the council's park team on 01562 722928.