James announces £13 million new funding for parks

Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire has confirmed today that councils across the country are to benefit from more than £13 million funding to breathe new life in to our green spaces for the benefit of all.

From day-to-day maintenance costs to essential playground repairs and the creation of new green spaces, £9.7 million of new funding will give local leaders and communities resources to better maintain, protect and increase their recreational spaces.

An additional £2.75 million will also be made available for the pocket parks plus programme to support communities to take the lead in transforming their neglected and derelict spaces.

A further £1.2 million has been provided to the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Future Parks Accelerator initiative. The partnership supports local authorities to test new and innovative approaches to managing and funding parks, ensuring the benefits of public parks and green spaces are enjoyed by future generations.

The new funding for parks, reaffirms the government’s commitment to creating great places to live and work and ensure communities are able to enjoy the benefits parks and green spaces bring to local life.

Commenting on the new parks funding, from the Golden Acre in Bexley Village, James said:

“Our parks and green spaces are huge assets to our towns and cities, offering precious spaces for all of us to get together, to exercise and to play.”

“This latest funding will support bold proposals to help renovate and restore existing parks and create new vibrant, safe green spaces for our communities. The future of our nation’s parks is an issue close to all our hearts and we will do all we can to preserve these vital green lungs that breathe life into our communities.”