Magazine article Public Finance

Green Spaces 'Need Planning'

Magazine article Public Finance

Green Spaces 'Need Planning'

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Green spaces are deteriorating in one in six urban areas, highlighting the need for a more strategic approach from both central and local government, senior MPs said this week.

A report published by the Public Accounts Committee on October 10 said that neglected parks can attract antisocial behaviour and undermine regeneration plans.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said: 'The good news is that initiatives by central government have helped to stop the decline of urban green spaces in many parts of England.

'But other places are not so lucky. In one sixth of all urban neighbourhoods, mostly in inner cities, green spaces are deteriorating. In socially deprived areas, very little contributes more towards the sense of a rundown infrastructure than the sight of local parks scarred by litter and vandalism and which have become no-go areas for families and older people. …

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