Published: 21st Nov 2017

Newcastle council has become the first major metropolitan authority in the country to agree to set up an independent charitable trust to run its parks and allotments. The council’s cabinet met last night (20 November) to approve proposals to create the trust, which will be responsible for around 409 hectares of land, following three years of planning and a lengthy public consultation. Under the proposals, the parks will remain free for residents and visitors to use and the council will still own the land. A Tupe process will see existing council parks staff transferred over to the new trust, which will also have a communities group to enable citizens to participate in its work, and ensure there is a strong voice from within the city’s communities. The trust will also be able to establish new income streams not available to the council, using its resources in ways the local authority … (To read the full article, subscribe below)