Opinions needed as part of rejig of parks

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VIEWS are needed by an authority as it works towards making country parks financially self-sufficient.

Hampshire County Council is launching a bid to revamp the beauty spots it manages, including Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Staunton Country Park and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

The plan is to inject cash to the tune of £13m across Hampshire’s country parks from public, private and lottery funding.

This would then put the parks on a better footing to not be reliant on local authority funding and be run more as a business.

Councillor Keith Chapman, who heads recreation for the authority, said: ‘We want to hear from those who use the parks what they like and dislike most about them so we can look to make changes where needed. We also want to hear from people that don’t use our country parks so much to find out why and what would entice them to visit.’

The surveys are available at the parks or visit hants.gov.uk/countryparks-future.htm.