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Parks 'now public entertainment spaces'

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There was outcry this week by Greenwich residents after planning permission was granted to the Olympic horse riding events to be built in Greenwich Park. Local residents are worried that one of the country's most historic parks will be blighted irreversibly by the event. Mark Camley, chief executive of Royal Parks, and Simon Jenkins, columnist for The Times, consider the importance of parks.

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