Councils spend £5m on ‘parklets’ left strewn with rubbish

A TaxPayers' Alliance investigation has uncovered that UK councils have spent a total of nearly £5 million on the construction and maintenance of parklets. Parklets, existing car parks converted into green social areas, were a part of a temporary measure to ensure safe social distancing in public spaces after the pandemic. For the last three financial years, the total spent was £4,800,347.45.


Speaking to the Times, which published the findings, our investigations campaign manager, Joanna Marchong, said:

“In the midst of soaring council debt and tax rates residents will be questioning whether parklets, which were supposed to be temporary, are worth their hard earned cash.

“ Councils may have thought that these communal areas were worthwhile during the pandemic, however with COVID behind us, the cost for them to stay is unjustifiable.

“ Local authorities should not be responsible for pointless parklets. If businesses or communities want them then they should incur the costs, otherwise they should be removed.”


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