The Communities and Local Government Committee is launching the inquiry into public parks, to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and to consider concerns that their existence is under threat.
For those who will be submitting written submissions directly to the Communities and Local Government Committee, please note that the deadline is 30 September 2016. Click here.
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.
This inquiry presents an excellent opportunity to submit evidence of parks contributing to the health and wellbeing of communities, especially those who may be providing social prescribing services.
More information available here on the inquiry.