Letter: Urban parks neglect
Saturday 20 November 1999
It is therefore sad and short-sighted that Britain's urban parks are receiving so little support.
For instance, the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions is proposing to delete recreation, parks and open spaces from its Best Value Performance Indicators, by which the Government intends to measure local authority service.
The Urban Task Force did not consider that greenery, parks, recreation or trees were concepts worth including in its recent report's index. Cambridge's own centre for Architectural and Urban Studies is to hold a conference next year on Cities for the New Millennium which intends to ignore the urban park.
Invited to write the forward to that same Urban Task Force report which so ignored the urban landscape, the former mayor of Barcelona states that "a commitment to develop networks of new plazas, parks and buildings was the cause of our success".
Only the Heritage Lottery Fund is including the repair of urban parks as an important aspect of its programmes for the next three years. But its work is related to conservation of heritage. We need now to be creating new urban parks for a new age and providing resources for their proper long-term upkeep.
Board Member, Landscape Foundation Board
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 4 Gary Lineker involved in Twitter row after presenter rubbishes claims he will be warned by BBC over foul-mouthed tweets
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Downton Abbey fans unimpressed by Kindle sponsorship adverts
Thomas Heatherwick creates gin palace with a fantastical Willy Wonka vibe
Idris Elba 'absolutely' wants to play James Bond
Cilla, episode 2, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith continues to shine
Kendrick Lamar: New song 'i' released on Soundcloud sampling Isley Brothers - listen here
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books