The Communities and Local Government Committee launches an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.
Public parks inquiry
The Committee looks at how parks should be supported now and in the future. This includes studying alternative management and funding models, such as a mutual or a trust.
Send a written submission
The Committee invites submission of written evidence to its website on the following issues:
- Who uses parks and open spaces, how often and for what
- The contribution of parks to the health and well-being of communities
- The impact of reductions in local authority budgets on parks
- What the administrative status of parks should be in light of declining local authority resources for non-statutory services
- How new and existing parks can best be supported
- What additional or alternative funding is available and what scope is there for local authorities to generate revenue from park users
- What the advantages and disadvantages are of other management models, such as privatisation, outsourcing or mutualisation
The Committee would be grateful to receive written submissions by 30 September 2016. (more…)