All thirteen Southwark Liberal Democrat councillors are backing a campaign for the world’s first-ever ‘national park city’ linking green and open spaces across the borough and London.
Urban areas such as Southwark and London have huge numbers of gardens, rivers, parks, woodland, nature reserves, allotments and lakes on their doorstep to enjoy. The campaign aims to ensure that all Southwark residents are aware of what’s there, how it can be protected and enhanced, and how it can improve health and air quality.
Based on the principles of the fifteen national parks outside the capital, the London national park city idea would join up all the boroughs’ existing green and water areas into a coherent, connected Greater London National Park.
The Government is not being asked to designate London a National Park City. If councillors from two thirds of London’s 649 electoral wards and the Mayor of London support the campaign, London will be officially declared a National Park City.
Southwark Liberal Democrat councillors have tabled a motion at the next council assembly meeting to ensure the maximum number of Southwark representatives back the campaign.
Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, Councillor Rosie Shimell, said:
“All Southwark Liberal Democrat councillors have signed up to support this brilliant campaign.
“We believe a National Park City would make a huge contribution to ensuring all the borough’s residents have access to high quality green spaces, as well as improving our air and water quality. It would also play an important role in making people more aware of the importance of nature and open spaces in all parts of Southwark and London.
“Liberal Democrats are fighting residents’ corner to improve our local environment. I hope that we can now persuade colleagues in other parties on the Council to support the campaign so that all areas of Southwark’s sign up.”