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Leeds community parks soaring to quality heights: 77% meet strict standards

77% met council standards

A rising number of community parks around the city are meeting strict quality standards set by the council.

Some 77 per cent of green spaces met the Leeds Quality Park (LQP) standard when inspected last year.

An annual report on Leeds City Council’s parks and green spaces strategy said the figure had risen steadily year-on-year.

Fifty out of 65 community parks had reached the LQP standard when judged  on whether they were welcoming, clean and safe spaces during 2023.

The report said: “This means the number of community parks reaching the LQP standard has increased year on year since 2010, when just 22 per cent passed, and that we continue to get closer to our goal for all community parks to reach the standard.”

A third of the city’s community parks, cemeteries and crematoria are judged against LQP standards each year.

The report said that last year, around £1.2m was allocated for improvements to community parks as part of planning agreements with developers.

It said: “Efforts continue to be made to source and allocate external funding to improve the community parks that are failing LQP to achieve the goal of getting them all to the standard by 2032.”

A new process for consulting on park improvements was launched last year, with plans drawn up for Harehills Park, East End Park, Burley Park and Blenheim Square.

The report said: “In 2024, consultations will be undertaken on a further 12 community parks and the plans for those sites should be finalised by the end of the year.”

Last summer it was announced that seven parks in the city had received a prestigious national award for being clean and well-maintained.

Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Middleton Park, Otley Chevin Forest Park, Pudsey Park, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam Estate achieved the Green Flag standard.

The parks report will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Environment, Housing and Communities scrutiny board on Thursday (21 March).

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