WLGA response to report on parks and green spaces in Wales

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

The WLGA has highlighted the innovative response of local councils to the continued budget pressures being placed on the maintenance of local parks in Wales.

The comments follow the publication of a report in which the Heritage Lottery Fund warns that parks in Wales could find themselves in serious decline if local and national bodies do not find new ways to manage and pay for them.

Responding to the report, a Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson said:

"The financial challenges facing local government are well documented. Local councils face an estimated £900 million shortfall in their budgets by 2019 and unless we find a way of offering local councils more sustainable funding, then many of our most popular and cherished local public services may find themselves entering a spiral of decline.

"This is not something that local government wishes to see happen. From looking at new and more sustainable maintenance schedules for Wales' green spaces to encouraging higher levels of volunteering, transferring assets to communities and developing commercial enterprises, councils in Wales are at the forefront of new and innovative forms of service delivery designed to ensure our park and outdoor recreation services continue well into the future.

"Local government has a key role to play in improving the well-being of communities in Wales. High quality, local green spaces and park areas remain a vital part of this."

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