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House of Commons Hansard
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Land Restoration Trust
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors have given to the Land Restoration Trust in each of the last three years. [297429]

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In each of the last three years the Land Restoration Trust has received the following monies from the Department of Communities and Local Government and its predecessors: 2007—£1,140,554; 2008—£35,000; 2009—nil and from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and its predecessors: 2007—£11,156,967; 2008—£500,000; 2009—£5,045,196.

The six ‘sites’ the trust has acquired within this period are Canvey Wick, Dagenham Washlands, Dunlop Ponds, Upton Country Park, Vange Marshes, and Warrington Community Related Assets; between them they represent a mass of 260 hectares. Alongside the in-perpetuity maintenance of these sites (grass cutting, litter picking and infrastructure replacement), the trust regularly engage the local communities, hold a wide range of events and, most importantly, take on all the liabilities of those sites.

To date these six sites have delivered 3,350 health activities, 43 days of training, 816 educational activities with local schools and 378 volunteering days. It should be noted that three of these sites are still in the development process with restoration still being undertaken and so haven't achieved anywhere near their full potential as yet.

By allowing the trust to take on the ownership and management of these sites the HCA and CLG are protecting these spaces for future generations, ensuring that the cycle of dereliction is broken and future public sector funding.