Merton Green Party supports the Charter For Parks

22 August 2018

Merton Green Party has been added to the list of supporters of the Charter For Parks. The Charter was launched in June 2018 in response to growing concerns about the steep cuts to green space budgets across the country, which has led to many parks and green spaces becoming neglected and even sold off. The founding organisations of the Charter For Parks include 38 Degrees, Friends of the Earth and Keep Britain Tidy.

Merton Green Party supports the six main aims of the Charter for Parks:

- Celebrate the central role well-run parks play in our neighbourhoods for all sections of our communities
- Recognise the right of every citizen to have access within walking distance to a good quality public green space
- Endorse a legal duty for all public green space to be managed to a good standard
- Embed effective protection from inappropriate development or use, or loss of any part of our parks
- Ensure adequate long-term resources for ongoing maintenance, management and improvements
- Encourage and enable community involvement and empowerment of local people and park users

In light of the Council's controversial decision to allow Morden Park to be used for the Eastern Electrics festival on 4-5 August, we call upon the Council to use the Charter for Parks to inform future policy on what types of events are suitable for our major parks.

More information about the Charter For Parks can be found here.

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