Agenda item

Parks and Open Spaces Capital Investment Plan 2014/15 – 2018/19

(Report 129/14-15)

Key decision, all wards

 

Report Authorised by: Strategic Director, Commissioning: Helen Charlesworth-May

 

Portfolio: Cabinet Member, Neighbourhoods: Councillor Jane Edbrooke

 

Contact for enquiries:

Natalie Thomsen, Programme Manager, Commissioning, 020 7926 6212, NThomsen@lambeth.gov.uk

 

 

Minutes:

(Report 129/14-15) (Key Decision – call-in ends Friday 23 January 2015)

 

The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods introduced the report.

 

Cabinet received the following representations:

 

·         Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens, addressed Cabinet, noting that although Windmill Gardens was a small park in a busy ward, it was home to some heritage gems and had been restored with the help of council and lottery funding. She welcomed the paper and noted that the increased transparency around parks and open spaces had been requested by the green spaces forum and the consultation on this paper went a long way to achieve that. She also noted that the proposals were very much driven by cuts to Lambeth funding and thanked Members for not selling parks and open spaces to generate income. She believed that the dedicated support officer would be crucial to the future work with parks groups and this would need to be actioned as soon as possible. She finally suggested that a proper heritage officer be employed in the borough for the future.

·         Adam Watt, Friends of Stockwell Skate Park, addressed Cabinet and noted that improvements were required to the skateboard park which had achieved international status in recent years, including resurfacing every five years, treating damp problems and installing public toilets to avoid people urinating in the street.

·         David Payne, Streatham Common Cooperative (ScCoop), stated that he was pleased with the recent investment made to Streatham Common and commended officers for developing a coherent plan which would benefit a large group of residents in the longer term.

·         The Deputy Leader, Finance and Investment, noted that he had been involved in securing funding for the skateboard park, which now had international status. He would be keen for the Council to work with the park in the future to develop clear plans and strategies for the future of the park.

·         The Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability added that a recent Metal Theft Scrutiny Commission had recommended that Lambeth become a heritage champion and that should now be revisited and actioned.

·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing welcomed the investment plan and noted the positive impact of parks and open spaces on people’s health and wellbeing and emphasised that this would also be critical in the future.

·         The Deputy Leader, Policy, thanked all of those involved in developing the proposals and paid a special thanks to the friends groups across the borough.

 

·         The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth urged officers to have a separate conversation with representatives from the skate park and further noted the positive work being done by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and the way in which BIDs could assist in bringing together assets within a community.

 

The Commissioning Director stated that the issue of heritage was being looked into currently and that an offer in respect of heritage across the borough would be available in a few weeks. He also noted that the parks forum had played an active role in ensuring that the voices of the smaller parks in the borough had also been heard and considered in developing proposals for future parks and open spaces, although more could be done to ensure that that the needs of smaller parks in the borough were heard. He finally noted that he would welcome a discussion with the Stockwell Skateboard Park in the near future.

 

The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods paid a special thanks to the parks forums and all of the friends groups in the different parks, as well as officers, who had been involved in developing these proposals.

 

The Leader of the Council thanked everyone for their valuable comments and for the hard work put into developing these proposals and noted that a further meeting would assist in addressing the issues raised.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)          To agree that the attached parks and open spaces capital investment plan 2014/15 – 2018/19 is the strategic commissioning framework for all future investment in parks and open spaces, as set out within this report.

 

(2)          To approve the release of up to  £9million as a match-funding contribution on the basis of detailed business cases to be developed for specified projects to help deliver the parks capital investment plan and provide project delivery support for local communities.

 

(3)          To agree that a proportion of the net income generated from capital improvements in parks (after additional revenue costs are covered, and to be determined by the business cases) is ring fenced for reinvestment back into the park operations, and that these income streams will be used to support communities taking on increased responsibilities in parks.

 

 


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