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Parks And Recreation Areas (Vandalism)

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a circular to local authorities suggesting methods by which schemes of community management of local authority parks and recreational areas might be developed with a view to reducing acts of vandalism, especially near to and on council estates in urban areas.

The Department is engaged in a number of studies into various aspects of living on local authority estates and into various forms of tenant participation. As the results of this work become available, consideration will be given to what guidance should be given to local authorities. Most local authorities now have byelaws which enable them to regulate the use of their own parks and recreation grounds. I would not think it right to interfere with local authority management in this field.