What happens in Hyde Park could happen in Greenwich

Great article in the New Statesman explaining how the Royal Parks are actively destroying charity social capital and more:

What the Royal Parks is doing to a charity softball league should matter to us all

Instead of the charity workers having free access to the Old Football Pitches, they will have to pay a total of an estimated £6,000 each summer, and if the charges are not paid then the police will be called. These charges are supposedly for the “management” of the space, but nothing has actually been done to improve the Old Football Pitches. The only change is that there are now charges when there were no charges before.

Does this part sound familiar?

This is part of a trend. Hyde Park, like many other public spaces, is now shifting into becoming a “venue” and usage is becoming a revenue stream. What are public goods are being turned slowly into private goods: you will get what you pay for. The deputy chief executive of the Royal Parks even assured the charity softball players at a recent meeting that one often only appreciates something if it is paid for.

Disgraceful. There’s a petition here.

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2 responses to “What happens in Hyde Park could happen in Greenwich

  1. Dave

    For many years cricket teams have had to pay for the use of the pitches in Greenwich Park , at present it is approximately £100 per evening game , even more for a Saturday or Sunday game !

  2. Sam

    Prohibitively expensive to take even a (free Council class for unwell or elderly people) Nordic walking group through Greenwich Park, even off peak Monday- Friday. Something like £700+ p.a for a class of up to 10 people. It’s definitely all about “revenue stream”.

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