The chair of the London Assembly’s environment committee has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to bring local authorities, businesses and voluntary groups together to help protect the capital’s parks and green spaces. Speaking to New Start, Leonie Cooper said a ‘team effort was needed’ and the London mayor should lead the process. ‘It’s the best way forward for London’s parks and open spaces, because we cannot lose them. They mean so much to us,’ Ms Cooper said at the launch of the committee’s new report on protecting parks and green spaces, last week. The report calls on London mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint a green infrastructure commissioner or champion to help improve access to green spaces. According to the report, half of all households in London live too far away – more than 400 metres – from the nearest green space, as recommended in the London Plan. It also recommends … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart