Time for parks to push for support

Park managers need to act quickly and put requests into new councils following the recent elections, a park consultant believes.

Parks managers working for councils that have changed their political colour following the local elections must act quickly to make the most of the susceptibility of new councillors to “ask lists”, says parks consultant Sid Sullivan. The local elections, which saw the Conservatives make a net gain of 11 local authorities, the Liberal Democrats one and six fall to “no overall control” could see parks managers doing well, he said. “Managers need to get their act together and get the data to prove that they are doing a good job as well as following best value accounting practices. And then they need to get out there and ask for it,” said Sullivan. Conservative leader David Cameron has pledged a focus on the quality of parks as part of his “vote blue, go green” ticket. In an interview on Radio 4’s Today programme on the morning after the elections, he talked about the need to find out how people feel about their parks. This echoed comments in a speech launching the final phase of his local election campaign, when he promised a “green revolution” that would include making parks “beautiful”.

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