Published: 4th Mar 2019

An investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found councils in England have been forced to sell off or transfer 12,000 public spaces since 2014/2015. The Bureau sent out Freedom of Information requests to all 353 councils in England which also revealed they have raised £3.2bn from selling the property. Locality, who last year launched their Save our Spaces campaign, said they were ‘deeply concerned’ at the findings. Tony Armstrong, CEO of Locality, said: ‘Our own research has also highlighted the large scale sell-off of publicly owned buildings and spaces such as parks, libraries, town halls and swimming pools. We are deeply concerned that many of our valued community spaces are being lost forever to solve short term budget pressures. ‘Although local authorities are facing huge financial pressures, short term budget pressures should not be the driver of the loss of many of the places which communities rely on as once … (To read the full article, subscribe below)