Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Vote for Your Favourite London Park

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has launched a scheme to transfer ten London parks, and has promised each of those parks £400,000. The parks will be chosen following a consultation with members of the public, and there is an opportunity to vote for your favourite park. There are two Tower Hamlets parks in the running: Victoria Park, Bow, and Bethnal Green Gardens.

Following a shortlist of 100 parks from the London Boroughs, there is a shortlist of 47 parks, which are split into 5 different areas. Tower Hamlets falls within the North East Region.

The winning parks will be improved in a variety of ways, ranging from better footpaths and more lighting for safety, to providing new playgrounds and facilities for children. Others will open new cafes, refurbish derelict public toilets and improve cycle routes. Many will see traditional flower gardens restored, new wildlife habitats created, and plots provided for communities to grow fruit and vegetables.

There are three ways in which votes can be registered:

Online – go to www.london.gov.uk/parksvote
Post – You can request a postal vote form by calling City Hall’s Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.
Text – Text ’parks’ and your postcode to short code 62967. This will automatically vote for the closest park to where the voter lives in their borough. Texts will cost 10p plus your standard network rate.

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