Best places to live revealed

London poll recognises need for residents' access to parks

Access to parks and open spaces is a major factor in judging quality of life, reveals a London Evening Standard survey on the best places to live in the capital. Camden was voted top overall across 15 categories, but its parks and open spaces compared poorly with the boroughs of Croydon, which came third in the poll, and fourth-placed Bromley, which scored top marks for its parks. Both the latter boroughs have more than 1,000ha, and are seen as the best areas for parks and open spaces, while the smaller inner London Borough of Islington gained the lowest score in this criteria with only 79ha of open space. Chief landscape officer at Bromley Council, Colin Brand, said: “I put our high score down to the extremely professional team of officers that delivers our service. We continue to work with local residents to ensure that what we’re providing meets their needs. I’m very pleased with the survey result, and I thought it was an excellent representation of what we’re trying to do.” Delighted with the result, Croydon’s assistant director of sport, parks and recreation, Don Faircloth, said: “We’re very pleased that our green spaces — which range from small parks to large areas of green belt — have scored so highly.

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