In the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and with just 50 days until the start of the London Olympics, Conservatives are pressing the Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council to embrace The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge – a campaign to protect in perpetuity outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of these great events.
Latest figures show that the campaign, headed by Prince William, is still over 700 short of reaching its target of designating 2,012 open spaces as QE2 Fields and Brighton & Hove is one of the councils not to have nominated any of its many parks, gardens, sports fields or downland sites.
As well as being part of a permanent legacy of celebration of the great events of 2012, QE2 Fields are eligible to apply to a range of improvement funds managed by the Fields in Trust charity that is running the scheme. Local residents can also get involved in choosing a QE2 Field in their neighbourhood if their local council nominates more than one site.
Leader of the Conservative Group – Cllr.Geoffrey Theobald– said: “The QE2 Fields initiative is a fantastic opportunity to improve one or more of Brighton & Hove’s treasured open spaces and would provide a fitting legacy to the city’s next generation in this Jubilee and Olympic year. I know how keen so many of our communities are to see improvements to, and greater protection for, their local open spaces and so I am disappointed that the Green Administration has decided not to get involved with this so far. But it’s not too late – I would urge them to put aside their misgivings about the monarchy and the Olympics and put forward some key sites in the city. It has been great to see how enthusiastically residents have embraced the Jubilee and so I am sure that the QE2 Fields is something which they would really love to get involved with.”