The independent working group charged with protecting the future of Knowsley’s parks has met for the first time.
Knowsley’s Parks and Green Spaces Review Board has been established by the council to review funding and governance arrangements for the borough’s parks and green spaces.
The Board is chaired by Gideon Ben Tovim – Chair of Nature Connected, Liverpool City Region’s Local Nature Partnership – who is joined by representatives from Town and Parish Councils, local businesses, ‘friends’ of parks groups and academics.
During the meeting at Halewood Environment Centre, the Board outlined its plans to conduct research in the coming months and then consult with local communities in July and August.
This will result in a final report in October, outlining the Board’s recommendations aimed at protecting parks and green spaces for future generations and from future Government funding cuts.
Knowsley’s Parks and Green Spaces Review Board Chair Gideon Ben Tovim said: “Our aim is to identify a new delivery model for sustaining Knowsley’s public parks and green spaces.
“At a time when other local authorities have cut their parks and green spaces budgets, Knowsley Council wants to protect those unique public assets, but in doing so it needs a more efficient and modern way to sustain the important benefits these amazing spaces provide to the community.”