The Director of Environment and Housing submitted a report which sought approval to enter into an agreement with the Leeds Community Foundation in order to establish a Leeds Parks Trust, which would look to maximise opportunities for charitable giving and legacies, and gaining support from local businesses and other organisations for the benefit of improving parks and greenspaces across the city.
Members highlighted the vital role in improving parks and greenspaces which was played by local communities, volunteers, voluntary groups, together with the donations which were received.
Responding to an enquiry, the Board noted that where financial donations were not dedicated to a specific park or greenspace, then such donations would contribute towards the improvement of community parks, with specific reference being made to those which were yet to achieve the Leeds Quality Parks Standard. In addition, clarification was also provided in respect of the proposed management fee of 15%, in that it would be subject to a maximum cap on larger donations relating to actual costs, and that the fee would be reviewed after 6 months.
In addition, it was requested that further consideration be given to the name of the proposed ‘Leeds Parks Trust’ organisation, so that it was clear that the assets of the city’s parks were not to become part of that Trust.
(a) That approval be given to enter into an agreement with the Leeds Community Foundation in order to establish an organisation which will maximise opportunities for charitable giving and legacies, together with gaining support from local businesses and other organisations;
(b) That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Parks and Countryside) is responsible for the implementation of resolution (a) (above), ahead of a planned launch in April 2017.