The Space Race

'Space' is the new buzzword in John Prescott's department

IN February the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) issued a news release detailing £201m of funding arrangements for the Government's Sustainable Communities Plan. In it DPM John Prescott commented, "This is about the spaces between the places ... parks and green spaces form a focal point of community life."

The news release outlined funding for three years as follows:

More about the plan can be found at http://www.odpm.gov.uk/communities/index.htm

Minister Launches CABE Space

CABE Space, which is to champion parks and public spaces, was formally launched on 12 May 2003 at Coram's Fields Children's Park by Tony McNulty MP, Minister for Regeneration.

'Living Places' and 'Living Spaces'

THE Government's Policy document of 2002 "Living Places: cleaner, safer, greener" announced two new enabler schemes:

£30m of the Sustainable Communities Plan money is specifically targeted at these enabler schemes.

Meanwhile, the 'Living Spaces' scheme will make grants direct to community groups seeking to improve open spaces in their neighbourhood. Living Spaces is seeking projects of all sizes, and applications can be for any amount between £1,000 and £100,000.

Urban Parks Forum now GreenSpace

THE Urban Parks Forum was re-launched in June as GreenSpace, 'dedicated to promoting the importance of public spaces' and will 'foster a range of partnerships with key organisations'.

As part of the Sustainable Communities programme, GreenSpace, together with Groundwork UK, is managing the Living Spaces scheme. GreenSpace is also working with the government on the establishment of CABE Space.

Tom McNulty, the minister responsible said, "The Urban Parks Forum has done some excellent work over the years to improve local green spaces ... as GreenSpace they now have a key rôle to play in the development of CABE Space."

Among those speaking at the launch in Battersea Park were Gilly Drummond, Chairman of the Association of Garden Trusts, the LPGT's parent organisation. For more information visit www.green-space.org.uk