Public parks inquiry launched

A new enquiry has been launched to explore the impact of funding cuts on local parks and possible funding models to be used in the future.

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee will also consider the contribution parks have on local community health and well-being, how councils can generate income from park users, and how new and existing parks can best be supported.

Clive Betts, chair of the CLG Committee, said: “Whether it is kicking the ball about with friends, joining a Parkrun, walking the dog or just relaxing with a book, people value their local parks. But with councils under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks, these precious community resources may be at risk.

“The Committee will be asking what the future is for our open spaces and we want to explore the ways in which parks can be supported and secured for generations to come. We will be keen to find out about innovative and successful approaches to managing and funding parks and what government can do to support these.”