Examination of Witness (Questions 360
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2001
360. There is a small amount of capital money
coming into regeneration of parks from the Lottery and things
like that. Is that the solution or is really the solution mainstream
(Mr Worpole) I think it is mainstream maintenance
funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund has been fantastic and not
simply because of the money, they have done a very good job, they
have worked with local authorities and talked about management
and set up training schemes. We all need this. There is a dearth,
as has already been said, of management skills, they have atrophied
and gone away, so all that is invaluable, but we come back to
the question, and this is a question I am aware of from colleagues
in Europe as well, that we are all learning how to solve the problems
of the small spaces through community involvement, and this is
great, and let's hope the New Opportunities Fund money will filter
through to those projects, but we still have to face the question
of how do we fund our mainstream portfolio of parks and civic
squares, and that has to come through mainstream spending.
361. So PPG17 really does not help us at all
on the question of quality, it vaguely deals with quantity?
(Mr Worpole) Yes and it is mostly concerned with sports.
The bibliography is unbelievable. It does not even refer to the
Select Committee report on parks and open space, it just refers
to a handful of sports studies.
Chairman: On that note, thank you very much
for your evidence.