Knowsley’s Parks & Green Spaces under Threat

By on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Knowsley Council are asking the public for their thoughts on proposals for the future of the borough’s parks and green spaces.

Earlier this year the council set up a review board charged with finding a way to manage the parks under dwindling budgets, saying they can no longer afford the £1.3 million annual costs of maintaining them.

The independent board has made two proposals.

Option 1 is to leave the parks in the complete control of the council, generating income through events and activities. The board predicts this will lead to a financial shortfall, resulting in the deterioration and closure of parks.

Option 2 is to set up a charitable trust, funded by an endowment raised from the sale of 10 percent of Knowsley’s parks. The £40 million pot would then be invested to generate the £1.3 million annual running costs, to be supplemented by fundraising events and activities.

Management of parks by volunteers has been ruled out on the grounds that they lack the necessary maintenance skills and that there is a “danger that volunteer groups would ‘cherry pick’ certain parks to the detriment of the majority.”

The consultation remains open throughout September, when the final recommendations will be presented to the council for approval.

The Liberal Democrats have already voiced their oppositions to the proposals, with Lib Dem leader Cllr Carl Cashman telling Prescot Online that “the people of Prescot have made it clear that we don’t want to see our green spaces sold off or developed. Labour have already let down residents over the Greenbelt, and it looks as if they are about to do the same over parks.”

Take part in a survey

You can give your opinion on the Knowsley parks and green spaces proposals by filling in an online survey here. Alternatively, take part by phone or on paper by calling 0151 443 2480.

For more information, visit knowsleyparksboard.co.uk.

Pictured: Wildflower meadow at Eaton Street Park, Prescot

6 Comments

  1. Richard Whalley

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I own 2 businesses in prescot and live there. I suggest that 1.3 million is a ridiculous amount and would leave as open space. Most only need a litter picker and a mower. Typical of gross overspending.

  2. Prescot Man

    Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    don’t forget all the repairs required due to kids running riot and destroying the parks. Maybe an increase in policing would resolve this?

    even when they do catch them what happens? a telling off? still tax payers who foot the bill.

  3. David J

    Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    “Management of parks by volunteers has been ruled out on the grounds that they lack the necessary maintenance skills”

    So, in the Council’s opinion no-one in the borough has the knowledge to padlock a gate or cut the grass???
    Just be honest and admit KMBC want to sell off the land for millions and keep 10% of the profit to run the parks for a few years before claiming they’ve run out of cash and resources again and selling off what’s left.
    These parks were gifted to the towns and villages of the borough to be kept and used by the locals!

    Option 3.
    Get rid of KMBC and merge all middle and senior management roles with Liverpool Council. Use savings in wages to pay for the park upkeep for at least 30 years!

    Option 4.
    As above and then let volunteer groups run the parks as they see fit. Local knowledge much better than some mandarin sat at a desk looking at the bottom line and blaming ‘Govt austerity cuts” for the thousandth time!

  4. Marie Williams

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, this Council refused to allow people to litter pick on green spaces. Health ad Safety reasons!!! Why they are asking for our opinion I have no idea because they will take no notice anyway. It is to make us thing we are having an input and we know they will just do what they want that is build on it and it is gone forever to line their coffers.

  5. Prescot Man

    Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:42 am

    If its down to health and safety surely a simple waiver would do the trick? Plus if you don’t ask for permission from the council to litter pick and just do it off your own back then its nothing to do with the council! How is this different to picking up a crisp packet from outside your front door?

  6. Mick

    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Prescot wont have any greenery very soon. what has knowsley done for Prescot ? Oh yes taken away the swimming pool, built rubbish housing estates on a site where leisure was promised. Sold off huge areas of land for more houses and made Prescot shopping street a tumble weed ghost town. How lucky were we to ever have PUDC.

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