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HDC pilot “Parklets”

Huntingdonshire District Council are looking to pilot a new scheme of innovative small community
greenspaces 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 provide 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 encouring 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, Councillor 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.”

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!)”.

The council 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 council survey: https://bit.ly/3qqLRNe

Source:  HDC Press Release  dated 16th February 2021