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, we will seek agreement from Cabinet on a number of recommendations, including the creation of the Newcastle Parks Charitable Trust. The report and background papers are available below.
Read more about it…
- Cabinet Report - 17 July 2017
- Cabinet Report - 20 November 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