Published: 18th Jul 2017

Newcastle council is set to take its plans to transfer the running of its parks and green spaces to a charitable trust to the next level. Cabinet members voted last night to ask officers to produce a final proposal, which will go back before councillors in the autumn. Under the arrangement, the management and development of the council’s 33 parks, 21 recreation sites and hundreds of allotments sites will be transferred to a charitable trust. A cabinet report on the plans estimates that £9.7m would be needed to set up a fund that would be used to maintain the parks for 10 years. This would give a trust time to raise enough money in order to become self-financing. If the final plans are approved in the autumn, then the trust could be up and running by spring 2018. ‘Not every neighbourhood is equally likely to generate the same level of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)