Lambeth's "Culture 2020" Consultation
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Lambeth Council have announced cuts which will see the total budget for parks fall from £4.4m to £2.2m by 2018/9.
As part of this, they have published a series of consultation documents on the future of ‘cultural service’ which includes parks.
Lambeth plans to increase income generated by parks; higher charges for sports, rents and licences will be considered, and more events will be held there. Separate ‘strategies’ for Sports and Events have been published for consultation.
Lambeth’s aim is to involve ‘the public’ to a greater extent in running the parks, and to encourage groups to take on this task and raise their own funds. Pilot studies to test the practicability of ‘Partnership’ parks (run by Lambeth, but with public involvement) and ‘Pioneer’ parks (run independently by the Friends or a similar group) will be conducted.
Your committee believe that we have neither the skills nor the resources to be a ‘Pioneer’. We see our role as working with Lambeth to support the park, and to reflect the wishes of its users.
The information is on www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020consultation. We have asked for printed versions to be made available in libraries and the park café. Responses are required by 24 April and we urge you to participate and express your views.
If you do respond, please copy your response to your ward councillor and to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel that the improvements in the park over the last dozen years are due to the actions of the Friends, please say so, and ask your neighbours, who might not be members, also to comment.