Parks departments told to focus on duty of care

Parks managers must stress to councils that they have a statutory duty of care towards green space visitors if they are to persuade councillors not to cut funding, says Oldham parks head Steve Smith.

In a briefing note to councillors, Smith said that unlike council buildings, sports centres and libraries, open space cannot be "closed" to improve efficiency, reduce cost or avoid hazard.

He said the council "has a commitment to ensure a safe level of maintenance and management of its green estate". Local authorities are facing 30 per cent budget cuts next month.


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