Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witness (Questions 360 - 361)



  360. There is a small amount of capital money coming into regeneration of parks from the Lottery and things like that. Is that the solution or is really the solution mainstream maintenance funding?
  (Mr Worpole) I think it is mainstream maintenance funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund has been fantastic and not simply because of the money, they have done a very good job, they have worked with local authorities and talked about management and set up training schemes. We all need this. There is a dearth, as has already been said, of management skills, they have atrophied and gone away, so all that is invaluable, but we come back to the question, and this is a question I am aware of from colleagues in Europe as well, that we are all learning how to solve the problems of the small spaces through community involvement, and this is great, and let's hope the New Opportunities Fund money will filter through to those projects, but we still have to face the question of how do we fund our mainstream portfolio of parks and civic squares, and that has to come through mainstream spending.

  361. So PPG17 really does not help us at all on the question of quality, it vaguely deals with quantity?
  (Mr Worpole) Yes and it is mostly concerned with sports. The bibliography is unbelievable. It does not even refer to the Select Committee report on parks and open space, it just refers to a handful of sports studies.

  Chairman: On that note, thank you very much for your evidence.

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