Scots have poor opinion of parks

Green Space survey reveals negative public view on Scotland's public space

Scotland’s parks are unsafe and unattractive, a survey has found. GreenSpace Scotland discovered that 47 per cent of 1,000 adults surveyed believe parks are unsafe for children and that 46 per cent think parks are unsafe places for physical activity. Chief officer Julie Proctor said the Scottish Executive’s parks funding contrasted badly with funding from the ODPM in England. She said the ODPM had committed £200 million in England and Wales, but in Scotland, although the executive provided £318 million community regeneration funding, there was no policy or investment strategy for green space. GreenSpace Scotland representative Fiona Duncan said parks strategy was being implemented in a piecemeal way in Scotland, with local authorities deciding what to spend the money on. See www.greenspacescotland.org.uk

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