Deputy prime minister John Prescott unveiled further developments of the Communities Plan on 2 February in a speech at the Manchester Stadium.
Highlighting the report, Making it Happen — The Northern Way, Prescott laid out a multi-million pound package for urban renaissance in the second update on the £22 billion government programme. It aims to transform communities through better housing, planning, regeneration and co-operation with regional development agencies.
Perhaps the best news for horticulture is the £89 million Liveability Fund that has been awarded to 27 local authorities throughout England, including Bury Metropolitan Council and North Tyneside Council, for new and improved urban parks and green spaces. The fund will deliver 27 models of best practice in service delivery involving 75 projects that will transform the physical fabric of selected places.
CABE Space director Julia Thrift said: “We believe the Liveability Fund could provide a model for properly sustained, long-term funding and support to parks and green spaces. High-quality green space makes a difference to people’s quality of life and from this point on it must remain a priority for all local, regional and national regeneration strategies.”
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