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Representation 5822 on Draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy - June 2011 by Mr Richard Taylor

Support / Object: COMMENT
Document Link: Draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy - June 2011 - Future Provision of Open Space in the Urban Extensions, 4.4
Representation: Residents of Cambridge's urban extensions can end up paying twice for the upkeep of the city's open spaces, both through their council taxes, and through management charges for the maintenance of open spaces in their development. I think this policy ought make clear the City Council (and South Cambs District Council) policy towards adopting green space in new developments. I suggest that as a general principle publicly accessible green space on new developments should be adopted by the council and its upkeep should be funded by general taxation and not management charges on particular properties. There
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Residents of Cambridge's urban extensions can end up paying twice for the upkeep of the city's open spaces, both through their council taxes, and through management charges for the maintenance of open spaces in their development. I think this policy ought make clear the City Council (and South Cambs District Council) policy towards adopting green space in new developments. I suggest that as a general principle publicly accessible green space on new developments should be adopted by the council and its upkeep should be funded by general taxation and not management charges on particular properties. There is a risk of splitting the city into those who get their local environment maintained through their taxes, and those who do not.