AUGUST 2022: News from our local MP Chris Skidmore

July 28 2022

Why I will always champion nature

As your local MP, I know that protecting our environment and green spaces, including supporting local wildlife, is hugely important to local people – and that’s why I champion it both locally and nationally as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment. 

I was pleased recently to meet with the Friends of Siston Common whose hard work and commitment ensure that we are all better able to enjoy the great outdoors and the treasured green spaces right on our doorsteps. Siston Common is one of over 60 local green spaces benefiting through South Gloucestershire Council’s £1million Commons Connections project to support local biodiversity, creating a new “WildBelt” running from Lyde Green to Willsbridge. 

Supporting local nature is a key aim of two further flagship projects in the constituency – the restoration of Kingswood Park and the creation of a new Jubilee Park in Cadbury Heath.  

For Kingswood Park, the council has recently announced a consultation is open until 31 August that invites local people to input into its restoration. The project aims to renovate the park so that it forms the green ‘heart’ of Kingswood where people go to enjoy high quality facilities, outdoor events, and meet other people in a safe, welcoming setting. Under the plans, the park’s accessibility, landscape, biodiversity, play area and learning experience are all earmarked for improvements. The council hopes to apply for up to £2.5 million of lottery funding in total to restore and improve the park in 2023.  

The restoration of Kingswood Park forms part of the council’s ambitious £25 million regeneration vision for the Town Centre – funding I have helped lobby Government Ministers on as your champion in Westminster. This has included the purchase of Kings Chase Shopping Centre and the restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle as part of the wider Kingswood Masterplan. The recently created Town Council will help join all this together and help the community unlock the collective potential of all these projects. 

You can have your say by visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/kingswood-park-survey.  

A consultation has recently closed on which existing green space in Cadbury Heath to upgrade to a Jubilee Park to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and the late Duke of Edinburgh’s love of nature. Thank you to all those residents who sent in their views.