Design body launches manifesto

CABE Space aims to encourage the public to reclaim its parks

Compensation claims are turning Britain’s urban areas into “fun-free, soul-less spaces”. This is the conclusion of open space campaign group CABE Space, which this week launched a 10-point manifesto aimed at encouraging the public to reclaim its parks. The cost of bogus or excessive compensation claims to councils is around £117 million annually, according to CABE Space, based on figures from the Association of British Insurers. CABE claims features such as ancient trees, boating lakes and adventure playgrounds may be lost as they may be deemed too risky by nervous local authorities. This week, CABE launched a document aimed at stopping the trend. The Manifesto for Public Space is a 10-point document summarising the criteria CABE believes constitute good public space. CABE Space campaigns adviser Anna Penning-Rowsell said: “We will be asking organisations and individuals to sign up at the website www.itsyourspace.org.uk so we can use this as evidence to local councils and government that public space is important to people.” The manifesto is supported by The Value of Public Spaces, a research document exploring the ecological and social benefits of good public spaces. To launch the It’s Your Space campaign, CABE has awarded eight projects around the UK the title Inspiring Space.

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