Monday, November 14, 2016

London Assembly investigates Green Spaces in London

The Environment Committee of the London Assembly is currently investigating the management of London’s green spaces, during these austere times when funding is decreasing and sustainability is key.

The capital’s green spaces can offer environmental, physical, mental, social and economic benefits for Londoners, but due to cuts in local authority budgets, however, the quality and accessibility of our green spaces, and their associated benefits, not to mention their very existence are now at risk.

The Committee aims to influence the Mayor’s upcoming Environment Strategy and other relevant policies and programmes through this investigation.

Topics for consideration include;
  • Best practice models of green space governance and management
  • The benefits of green space and natural capital
  • Promoting green infrastructure thinking across London
  • The barriers to improving green space
  • Ways of encouraging multifunctional use of green space (currently used and un-used), such as the installation of Sustainable Drainage Systems
The Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public, volunteers, community governance, charity and private management as well as public sector management. Find out more by reading the investigation Scoping Paper where you will find a map of London green spaces which includes Oakfield - well it is still, as I write, Green Belt land.

Submissions should aim to address the areas outlined above, and any other issues that may be important for the investigation to cover.

To contribute, please send submissions by 9 December 2016 using the details here.

1 comment:

  1. I consider the study of the green spaces in Singapore just might be advantageous to this country - it adds to the quality of life and also brings back the natural biodiversity so important to areas of concentration. Also, with so much building being considered here, it has the negative problem of flooding - by removing so much greenery, there is no method of excess water being soaked away - Don't forget, this is an island country and with its forests gone, flooding is inevitable. Many homes being purchased by foreigners today are having their gardens stripped of foliage, for some reason concrete and bare designs to gardens is being prefered to the natural green spaces and trees important to creatures and drainage. I say that it should be compulsory to have one or two trees remaining in everyone's garden or green space.