‘History of Public Park Funding and Management’

 

 

 

History of Public Park Funding and Management (1820 – 2010)

In 2015 Historic England commissioned Dr Katy Layton-Jones to provide an overview of past public park funding models, and their management as in looking for new funding solutions  to help us understand why funding issues have arisen. Her report shows a long history of funding problems, but also the important role of local authorities in developing, and often rescuing parks, and delivering public parks for all over 170 years. The new research report was been included as part of Historic England’s submission to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry on Public Parks.History of Public Park Funding and Management (1820 – 2010).

Extract from the Executive Summary:

‘There are an estimated 27,000 public parks in Britain and 2.6 billion visits to parks each year. Many of these parks are of historic and cultural interest, and some 300 are registered as nationally important. For over a century, the vast majority of public parks have been provided and run by local authorities but these authorities have no statutory duty to fund or maintain public parks. In July 2016 the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee announced an inquiry into public parks to examine concerns that public parks are under threat. Historic England commissioned Dr Katy Layton-Jones, a cultural historian and historical consultant, to provide an overview of past public park funding models, and their management. Her research findings show a long history of funding problems but also the important role of local authorities in developing, and often rescuing parks, and delivering public parks for all over 170 years. Historic England has included this research report in its submission to the inquiry as in looking for new funding solutions we also need to understand why funding issues have arisen. The research report will also be of interest to local authority portfolio holders, parks teams, friends groups, amenity societies, and urban historians’

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