There will be £9.7 million allocated for day-to-day maintenance costs, essential playground repairs and the creation of new green spaces. An additional £2.75 million will also be invested in the pocket parks plus programme, which will support communities to take the lead in transforming their neglected and derelict spaces.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “The LGA has long made the case for the importance of parks and green spaces to people’s health and wellbeing, so we are pleased that government has acknowledged this with this much-needed investment.
“Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services, and this injection of money will boost councils’ efforts to keep these open and in good condition, despite facing significant funding pressures.
“The money local government has to provide vital services such as parks and open spaces is running out fast, and huge uncertainty remains about how councils will pay for services into the next decade and beyond.
“With councils in England facing an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025, the forthcoming Spending Review will be make or break for local services and it is vital the Government uses this to put local government on a sustainable footing into the next decade and beyond.”
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP 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.”