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PUBLIC PARKS 'PLACES OF FEAR'

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Funding cuts have allowed public parks to become run down and unsupervised, according to a report published today, ...
Funding cuts have allowed public parks to become run down and unsupervised, according to a report published today, reports the Independent (p6).

The study, by political think tank Demos, finds a growing gulf between open public spaces and cared-for and well-policed commercial areas such as shopping centres.

A survey of open areas, including parks, town squares, canal paths and commons, in 12 cities in England and Wales found that people had a disproportionate fear of crime, the paper reports.

The study proposed reversing cuts in parks staff, greater care in design and giving top priority to encouraging people to make use of open spaces.
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