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Public parks across the East at risk of falling into ruin, report warns

Christ's Pieces in Cambridge (left) and Eaton Park in Norwich (right) are two of the region's most historic parks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

MPs have warned that public parks in East Anglia and the rest of the country are at risk of falling into neglect unless something is done soon.

A report from The Local Government Association says that factors like a lack of funding and an increase in housing demand means that local authorities are struggling to maintain them.

Some parks in the East have suffered from reduced opening hours, public toilets being shut and even the removal of play equipment as a result of money running out.

It's led to fears that several parks may face a return to the neglect they suffered in the 1980s and 1990s.

The report has suggested that green spaces should be put at the heart of planning considerations from now on, while volunteers from community events like parkruns could be used to raise funds.

"It's true to say we're very proud of our parks in East Anglia," Parks Alliance chair Matthew Bradbury told ITV News Anglia.

"But as with any region in the UK, the parks in East Anglia are a mixed bag.

"Some are being maintained incredibly well, some are not. We certainly have evidence of parks in decline across the East."