16-Feb-2021

Huntingdonshire District Council is looking to pilot a new scheme of innovative small community green spaces in three of its market towns.

Parklets are small designated areas that not only provide a place for visitors to the town centres to relax, but also a host of benefits to the high street. Research suggests that these small parks can actively increase footfall to local businesses, support active travel in encouraging people to leave their car at home and walk, clean air with pollution absorbing plants, and help people feel safer by reducing traffic speed on the roads in which they are located. They are also ideal for showcasing local businesses and bringing people together through shared space and conversation.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Cllr Marge Beuttell said: "Parklets can bring so many benefits to our town centres. These small areas of tranquillity offer both a place to reconnect with friends and family and can give a sense of pride our towns, improving the look and feel of the high street. They also offer economic benefits in encouraging visitors to enjoy what our towns have to offer by way of local businesses and tourism."

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Residents in other areas who have benefited from the scheme say:

"I’m sitting here right now having my coffee watching the world go by. It makes our city seem like a much more friendly place."

"It’s super, a cool place to sit and chat, eat your sandwich (albeit on a sunny day!)."

We are holding a drop-in zoom session on 10 March 2021 and are interested to know your thoughts on the Parklets Scheme.

You can join the conversation and request an invite by emailing research@pleydellsmithyman.co.uk or texting 07951 384263 between 9am and 6pm.

Alternatively, you can give your feedback through the Market Town Parklets Pilot Community Survey.

Are you a local business? We would like to hear from you too - please fill in this council survey.

The surveys close on Friday 5 March 2021.