Views are invited from next month to help shape the future of a new public meadow of 25 acres set in East Devon.
Becca Gliddon eastdevonnews.co.uk
East Devon District Council (EDDC) is launching a six-week public consultation, from 10am on February 6, until 4pm on March 20, inviting comments on its proposal for land earmarked for the Clyst Valley Regional Park.
The draft proposals for the public meadow, near Broadclyst, includes ideas for habitat creation, a multi-use trail, network of circular paths and a small car park.
A drop-in session has been arranged the Broadclyst Victory Hall, East Devon, on Thursday, February 16, from 3pm until 7pm, to see the proposals, ask questions and see a short, recorded, presentation.
The presentation will be repeated at 4pm, 6pm and once the consultation starts, will be available online for those unable to attend the venue.
The area is close to Cranbrook and is intended for walking, relaxing and nature spotting in East Devon.
It was bought by the council for an undisclosed amount in 2022 and is expected to be ready to use this year.
EDDC urged people to make their views known – saying proposals had already been changed in response to residents’ suggestions.
Cllr Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “We are thrilled to be able to progress plans for this new area of green space for local people to enjoy.
“It’s really important to us to listen to views and to accommodate these as much as possible.
“We had some really helpful informal consultation with local residents last autumn and we’ve altered our proposals as a result.”
An EDC spokeswoman said: “Local people are being invited to share their views on 25 acres of land, acquired by East Devon District Council for a new nature-rich, accessible green space.
“The new green space is an important milestone in the creation of the Clyst Valley Regional Park.”
The area covered by the proposed Clyst Valley Regional Park. Image: EDDC