Word reaches me that five more parks were red-flagged in a second round of mystery shopping.
They are Albert Rec, Woodside Park, Bruce Castle Park, Priory Park, and Markfield Park.
At present the reports on these are not publicly available as the council are challenging some of the findings as reported below
First Round Reports now available
The reports on the first round of mystery shopped parks are now available on the Haringey Council website here
The urgent work needed to bring Downhills Park back up to Green Flag level is being done and a walk around there last week revealed new benches, bins, paths and playground equipment as well as weeded beds and barely a bit of litter to be seen. The park is back to its beautiful self once more, let's hope it can be kept that way. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful green spaces in Haringey
Great pics Liz
Thank you. It was one of those magical winter mornings.
Definite improvements - great to see action being taken.
The gigs can only raise money to benefit Finsbury Park - which is a lot of money so one wonders what happens to it- which presumably leaves the parks budget for the rest of the parks.
This budget is small because of government cuts and the need to meet statutory responsibilities e.g for adult social care out of an ever smaller total budget. Our council tax barely touches this - councils are heavily reliant on government funding.
That said there needs to be better management of the budget, not letting things slide to the point where it becomes a crisis, more partnership with Friends groups - who were kept in the dark about these findings- and more staffing (I suspect a combination of more staff, a council more committed to green social justice and an inner city weighting is what helps Hackney to keep Clissold spick and span).
Kirsten Hearn is the cabinet member currently responsible. What she’s doing is what the screen shot says: getting some things sorted, challenging KBT on others and, I would hope, planning a maintenance schedule that keeps the parks in good shape once the remedial work is done. She’s newish in post dealing with problems that began way before so we shall see.
It does seem just from impressions on social media that there is a vast difference between Hackney and Haringey councillors when it comes to environment and social justice. Comparing, for example, Cllr Jon Burke of Woodberry Down with just about any Haringey cllr on (to name a few) clean air, climate change, sustainable transport one sees that he is light years ahead on this stuff.
Edit “one wonders what happens to it” - answer provided by Tris here
Our Goodgym task on Wednesday fell through stop we did some litter picking. Downhills Park was looking good, table neat and tidy beds.