New Cash for Parks!
Updated: Mar 16
The Government announces surprise investment for parks across the United Kingdom.
On the 17th February 2019 the government announced that Councils across the country are to benefit from more than £13 million of new funding for parks and green spaces.
£9.7 million of the money is to be used to cover maintenance costs to essential playground repairs and the creation of new green spaces, and an additional £2.75 million for the pocket parks plus programme to support communities to get more involved in their local parks.
A further £1.2 million has been provided to the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Future Parks Accelerator initiative to test new and innovative approaches to managing and funding parks in the future.
TPA Chairman Matthew Bradbury said “After all the hard work of all those working for parks – So pleased to see government finally recognising the parks crisis by pledging extra £13million for parks – let’s hope it leads to long term commitment to support parks with the funding they so deserve.”
Meanwhile the work of the Parks Action Group carries on in devising and implementing Parks policy in response the 2017 Select Committee Inquiry into Public Parks. TPA is working closely with key interests in the Parks sector and across government to prepare a Business Case for Parks that will set out the social, economic and environmental returns that can be secured for local communities, government and the private sector from continued investment into our much loved parks and green spaces.
source: The Parks Alliance website.