Select Committee parks inquiry

Sconce and Devon Park, Newark
In July the Communities and Local Government Committee launched a Parliamentary Inquiry to look at the impact of reduced local authority funding on the management and maintenance of public parks in England.

Citing evidence from the HLF’s 2014 State of UK Public Parks report, Chair of the Committee Clive Betts MP said:”Whether it is kicking the ball about with friends, joining a parkrun, walking the dog or just relaxing with a paperback, people value their local parks.  But with councils under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks, these precious community resources may be at risk.”

Having invested over £850million of National Lottery Good Causes funding in the UK’s public parks, we thought it important that we present evidence to the Committee to help ensure our past investment is protected.

Much of our evidence is based on our most recent research State of UK Public Parks 2016  which you can also find on our website.

Read HLF 's response to the Select Committee parks inquiry.


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