Newcastle Parks Trust
The council is having to rethink how it delivers many of its services, including the city’s parks and allotments.
Why we are doing this?
Over the past seven years, our parks budget has reduced by over 90%, meaning that finding new ways of financing and running the city’s parks is essential. We need to do this whilst staying committed to improving the way we deliver parks and allotments, keeping them in public ownership, safe, free to use, and making sure that local people, community groups and partners are fully involved in the future delivery of the service.
Our proposals so far…
We have been working with the National Trust, benefiting from their experience in caring for natural built heritage across the country, to help us find a positive way forward for Newcastle. In particular, we have been researching the possibility of transferring the operation, delivery and maintenance of a large proportion of the city’s parks and allotments to a new Charitable Trust (Charity).
On 20 November 2017, Cabinet agreed to create a new charitable company (Newcastle Parks Trust) and to transfer our parks to the new organisation to develop and care for, for future generations. The report and background papers are available below.
Following Cabinet's decision, council officers fed back to the public in various locations around the city. If you would like to see the information from those sessions, including slides and responses to the questions and answers, please see below.
Read more about it…
- Parks public feedback slides (pdf, 778kb)
- Parks public feedback Q&A (pdf, 80kb)
- Supplemental slides (pdf, 192kb)
- Cabinet Report - 20 November 2017 and Background Paper
- Cabinet Report - 17 July 2017
- Parks Consultation Report 2017 (pdf, 3.55mb)
- Project scope - parks (pdf, 15kb)
- Communities and Local Government Committee - Public parks Report (January 2017)
- Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: The Future of Public Parks (September 2017)
You can also follow our journey through www.futureparks.org