23rd November 2016
Land management charity highlights importance of public parks and demonstrates the success of its innovative funding model
National land management charity the Land Trust has today given oral evidence to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee’s inquiry into the future of public parks, highlighting the need to recognise the value these spaces provide to the health and vitality of society and the success of its innovative funding arrangements for long-term sustainable management.
The Land Trust provided written evidence to the inquiry in September, demonstrating that
The charity was then invited to a session to further examine its innovative management and funding models for parks, focusing on the benefits and challenges of alternative land management arrangements and also looking into the relationships between communities and parks and what is being done to share knowledge and coordinate parks policies at local, regional, and national levels.
In its evidence, the Land Trust has urged the Government to:
Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, told the CLG Committee that public parks are under severe threat, with an ever decreasing amount of funding to maintain them leading to financial pressures on councils and resulting in cuts to parks maintenance budgets. This is inversely proportional to the needs of communities for these green spaces for health, resilience and educational purposes, and will result in the short term in more mental and physical ill health.
“We need action now. Parks are used by so many people for a wide variety of reasons, bringing considerable benefits to themselves, their communities, the economy and the environment. The consequences of not having free and easy access to well-maintained public spaces could be hugely detrimental and cost much more in the long term.
“We’re encouraged that the Government is showing an interest in alternative funding arrangements and by presenting evidence alongside other organisations on this and other issues relating to our green spaces, look forward to a sensible and sustainable policy for long-term management of open spaces across the UK, with the required central and local Government support.”
Further information on the public parks inquiry can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/public-parks-16-17/publications/
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