West Suffolk Council reveals cost of upkeep for its six parks
- Credit: Archant
Council chiefs in West Suffolk have said they will continue to invest in parks and events, despite figures revealing a seven figure cost to the authority.
Data published for next week's scrutiny committee found that West Suffolk Council generated an income of around £55,000 per year from events in its six parks.
But the annual cost of running those - including play facilities, trees and other infrastructure - was £2.4million. That figure does however include around 200 other green spaces such as wildlife corridors and play areas.
A council spokesman said there were numerous health and social benefits of running the parks and they were considered an investment, not a profit making exercise, therefore it was not about recouping any shortfall.
Councillor Joanna Rayner, West Suffolk Council cabinet member for leisure, culture and community hubs said: "We recognise that our parks, play areas and green open spaces play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our local residents.
You may also want to watch:
"They are places where people can go and be physically active through formal activities such as parkruns and sports, where children can play and where people enjoy a nice walk and spend time together.
"As well as our physical health, activities such as a relaxing walk in the park are also really important for our mental health and wellbeing.
- 1 Explained: What is causing the long queues at petrol stations?
- 2 More Suffolk petrol stations closed as PM plans action
- 3 Suffolk petrol stations avoid closure as garages shut nationwide
- 4 How it all unfolded: Town grab late point against Owls in bizarre fashion
- 5 Petrol queues worsen rush-hour traffic
- 6 Lorry drivers being offered up to £60,000 and other bonuses as shortage bites
- 7 Dramatic pictures as huge barn fire breaks out near coast
- 8 Road off A14 closed after serious collision
- 9 Blaze spreads from classic car to bungalow next door
- 10 Two arrested after man dies in crash
"They contribute to our ongoing work around the environment and climate change while we also work with local volunteers to protect both the local heritage and the biodiversity that our parks and open spaces contain.
"That is why we continue to invest in them. They are valued by our local residents and are one of the reasons that West Suffolk is recognised by many as a great place to live and work."
According to the data, around 130 events were held last year, contributing to more than 42,000 visitors - a figure which doesn't include the annual Bury Christmas Fayre.
Most of those are organised by others, not the council directly.
Among the highlights set for this year are the 2020 Abbey of St Edmunds millennium celebrations in the Abbey Gardens, Bury; Nowton Park's Oktober Fest and Race for Life; and West Stow Country Park's Dragon Fest and Ring Quest events.
The authority also runs East Town Park, Brandon Country Park and Aspal Close in Beck Row.