Flower bed in Church House Gardens
A parliamentary committee enquiring into the status of public parks in England has now issued its report. It recognises the importance of our parks and that they are at a critical point due to financial and planning pressures.
A few selected comments from the report are given below –
“They provide opportunities for leisure, relaxation and exercise, but are also fundamental to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth.”
“However parks are at a tipping point, and failure to match their value and the contribution they make with the resources they need to be sustained could have severe consequences.”
“Planning policy, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply, may not always give enough priority to parks and green spaces, or to other elements of our green infrastructure.”
The full report can be found HERE
Campaigners rallying against development
Last week over 150,000 people have taken part in a consultation, organised by campaigning group 38 Degrees, on how we use our parks – and why we love them – and over 260,000 have signed a petition calling for our parks to be protected.
In the next few weeks the committee of MPs looking into the problems facing our parks will read through these responses, and come up with recommendations for what to do next. Thanks to this, they’ll be under no illusion that people across the UK care about our parks and green spaces.
You can see a full copy of the report online.
In addition we have sent a submission directly to the parliamentary committee, outlining our opinions on the importance of our public parks and their benefits. At present local councils do not have a statutory obligation to provide them! A situation a national campaign is endeavouring to change.