Responding to a Heritage Lottery Fund report on the state of the nation’s parks, Cllr Ian Stephens, Chairman of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
“Councils understand how important parks are to residents and the value they have in promoting health and fitness, local heritage, public art, festivals and wildlife walks.
“As this report recognises, councils are taking innovative approaches to using park spaces, such as providing pop-up spaces for local businesses and giving communities a say in how their parks are run.
“Ensuring parks are maintained to the highest standard is paramount. However, over the previous parliament central government funding for councils was reduced by 40 per cent in real terms. Despite this difficult backdrop, councils are doing everything they can to provide the best possible park services.”