Open spaces sold off by the score
The Land Is Ours
office at tlio.demon.co.uk
Thu Oct 25 11:35:25 BST 2001
From'You and Yours', BBC Radio 4
Trnsmission date: Thursday 18th October
Loss of Park Facilities
One of the glories of Britain surely are its parks and playing fields.
Patches of green amidst the bricks and mortar - oases of calm and
relaxation in the frenetic hurly burly of modern life. It's three years
ago this month, since legislation came in designed to stop schools from cashing
in by selling off playing fields. But - despite Government protestations
to the contrary - the school fields continue to be sold off by the
score....one area the size of a football pitch goes every week. And
according to recent reports, many of our parks - once a source of civic
pride and joy - even municipal rivalry - are in a parlous condition. And
if the playing spaces disappear, is it any wonder that health experts
continue to be concerned about child obesity and fitness. Earlier this
week the organiser of a new project to encourage the return of skipping
ropes to playgrounds said that traditional skipping rhymes were having to
because children were no longer sufficiently fit and agile to perform the
actions whilst jumping up and down. So what future is there for our open
spaces - particularly the unsung ones
on people's back doors? For the rest of today's programme, Mark Whittaker
has been taking an in depth look at the plight of the park and the playing
field and asking whether they're in danger of going to wrack and ruin...
Mark Whittaker package included interviews of the following:
Vox Pops of various locals talking about parks; clips Chris Smith (Cabinet
Minister); Douglas Hoskins (Campaigner to Save Fosters Field); Elsa Davis
(National Playing Fields Association); Kate Hoey (ex-Labour Sports
Minister); Peter Wilkinson (Bristol City Council, Head of Parks
Development); Neil Fletcher (Local Government Association); Catherine
Ashton (Schools Minister); Clip of local people giving their views; Judy
Sharf (Vandean Action Committee); Alan Jenkins (College Principal); Stuart
Harding (Countryside Agency spokesman); Denise Wicksteed (Pitshanger Park
play centre); Stella Man (Director, IRIS); Constantine Blake
(Park-keeper); Vox pops of local children playing; locals giving their views.
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