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Local Government Finance: Recreation Spaces

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department is providing to local authorities for (a) improvements to park facilities and (b) floodlighting and artificial sports pitches in parks in 2008-09. (207070)

Local authority expenditure on these facilities can be funded from unhypothecated grant, council taxes or fees and charges.

In addition, the funding we are providing for the Thames Gateway provides support for a range of public realm projects, often through local authorities, which may include park facilities, floodlighting and artificial sports pitches in parks. This includes £35 million to the Thames Gateway Parklands programme, to celebrate and enhance the gateway’s character and some of this funding may be allocated to local authorities to provide such facilities. Decisions on the allocation of funding under this programme to particular projects have yet to be taken.