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GLA CALLS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR TO HELP CLEAN UP AND REBUILD GREEN SPACES

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Developers are threatening the capital's green spaces and dog fouling is making them unfit for community use, accor...
Developers are threatening the capital's green spaces and dog fouling is making them unfit for community use, according to the Greater London Authority.

A report from the GLA shows some 2,500 acres of green space have been swallowed up by development between 1989 and 1999.

Residents told the authority's investigative committee that dog fouling made many green spaces unusable and parents were reluctant to let their children play in local parks and woods.

The threat to green spaces was compounded by the lack of political priority attached to the issue, and the decline in spending on maintaining inner-city green spaces across the UK.

The committee is urging the private sector to get involved in community developments and provide funding and resources to help with their upkeep.

It recommended the mayor's strategy include provisions to ensure the creation of green spaces in future developments.

Roger Evans, chair of the committee, said: 'The GLA must establish a clear vision for the city's green spaces and a strong planning framework to ensure they are protected for future generations.'

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