The local community could be asked to run some of Croydon’s parks and green spaces under the council’s latest plans.
Maintenance of Croydon’s 127 parks and green spaces is currently outsourced, but the council claims cuts to funding make this model unsustainable going forward.
Wide-ranging changes are being considered to how the borough’s 1,000 hectares of parkland are used and managed, including whether some could be handed over to residents’ groups to run.
Similar plans have been suggested or how to operate libraries in the area.
The proposals include dividing Croydon’s green spaces into three categories – strategic, neighbourhood and local – with existing funding focused on the bigger parks.