Pocket Parks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2610
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that you have fulfilled your Pocket Parks pledge and delivered improvements to 100 parks across 26 London boroughs, will you be planning more pocket parks to help reduce health inequalities in line with your aim to improve the local environment to boost the health and wellbeing of Londoners?

Answer

Answer for Pocket Parks

Answer for Pocket Parks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much, Victoria.  We are planning more Pocket Parks.  They have been a great success, as you rightly say.  London’s economy has been growing at an extraordinary rate and the city is doing very, very well but you have got to keep improving the way it looks and feels.  We have transformed 100 underused small spaces into Pocket Parks across the city.  They are small, beautiful and effective, staffed and looked after by volunteers in many cases.  They are lovely things.  They have been so successful and so popular that I understand the national Government wants to roll them out across the country.  I am proud of the Pocket Parks initiative and it will certainly be continuing.

Victoria Borwick AM MP (on behalf of Andrew Boff AM):  Thank you.  A brief further question: the thing is that they are often traditionally what we might describe - for those of us who walk around our streets - as ‘grot spots’.  It is a fantastic opportunity for local communities to get together to have an initial grant or a boost from you to start the job off.  Then obviously they can be used for a great variety of local community things.  It is all part of making our city a friendly London, improving the environment for people, making them feel better with the health qualities and generally just improving people’s view of London.  Will you hopefully talk to the boroughs about continuing this initiative?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Of course.  Thank you for bringing it up, Victoria.