London Parks and Open Spaces

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2023
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In light of sustained central government cuts to council budgets that are forcing boroughs to reduce spending on parks and open spaces, what will the Mayor do to support London Boroughs, volunteers and community groups in conserving these valued public spaces?

Answer

Answer for London Parks and Open Spaces

Answer for London Parks and Open Spaces

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The State of UK Public Parks report by the Heritage Lottery Fund has demonstrated that there has been reduced spending on parks and open spaces as a consequence of public sector spending constraint imposed by the Government.

I will continue to highlight the adverse impact of this and lobby government to ensure local authorities are adequately resourced to deliver a full range of necessary and important local services.

I shall also work with London boroughs and others to help make a stronger business case for investment in London's 'green infrastructure' by revealing its true economic value.

I'll also be developing an environmental improvement programme and tree-planting campaign to provide local communities with support to conserve and enhance local green spaces.