We, the undersigned, call upon Newcastle City Council to drop its present proposals for the future of Newcastle's parks and green spaces.
Under these proposals, the so-called Charitable Trust Model, £500 per year would be charged to any fitness group using the parks and new members of the parks workforce would have lower wages and reduced pension rights. The new company will employ a well paid chief executive and require other infrastructure to run an organisation. In effect, this is privatisation by the back door.
The proposal includes a plan for a stealth charge on people who have to use their car to get to the closest park. Instead of charging people for living close to a park, this is a local parks tax for people who have to travel to a park.
We believe that all available funding should be put into the maintenance and development of the parks not a chief executive and other infrastructure to run an organisation. We demand that the council suspend its plans for a local parks tax regardless of whether it is aimed at people who live near a park or have to travel to it. Our parks should be retained as a universal service not based on the luck of bus routes or ability to pay to park.
We call upon the council to adopt a model for the future maintenance and development of the parks and green spaces which is more in harmony with public accountability and democracy.
Labour’s Controversial Parks Proposal Unveiled Kim McGuinness, Labour councillor for Lemington, has admitted that there has been “a notable decline” in the quality of play areas in Newcastle since Labour took control of the council and that it is now “policy to remove play equipment rather than replace it”. The solution suggested by Cllr […]