London parks inquiry launched

The Environment Committee of the London Assembly has launched its own investigation into parks and green spaces following the national parks inquiry being held in Parliament.

The committee aims to use the knowledge gained in this investigation to influence the Mayor’s forthcoming Environment Strategy and other relevant policies and programmes. Key subjects in the investigation will be:

  • Best practice models of green space governance and management
  • The benefits of green space and natural capital
  • Promoting green infrastructure thinking across London
  • The barriers to improving green space
  • Ways of encouraging multifunctional use of green space, such as the installation of SuDS

In a statement committee members said: "The capital’s green spaces can offer environmental, physical, mental, social and economic benefits for Londoners. Due to cuts in local authority budgets, however, the quality and accessibility of our green spaces, and their associated benefits, are now at risk. The Environment Committee is investigating the management of London’s green spaces, at a time when funding is decreasing and sustainability is key."

The committee is encouraging contributions from public and private sector parks and green space managers, volunteers, charity and community groups and members of the public.

At a Parks for London networking event held at City Hall on Monday, chair and London representative of The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces Dave Morris urged anyone connected with London’s parks to get involved.

"We have to speak out and say what needs to be said. Our parks are essential," he said.

Chief executive of Parks for London, Tony Leach, agreed, saying the investigation was "a golden opportunity".

"It is really important that individuals and organisations, like friends groups and contractors who live and work in London participate in this consultation," he added. "Although the Mayor doesn’t have direct responsibility for parks he does have a keen interest in making London a better place and he knows that good parks provide a multitude of benefits."

Submissions should aim to address the areas outlined above, and any other issues that may be important for the investigation to cover.

To contribute, email or write to Environment Committee, London Assembly, City Hall, More London, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA, by 9 December 2016. Call 020 7983 4299 for more information. 

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