Don’t take a pop at POPS

COMMENT: There is a growing debate on the rise of privately owned public spaces (POPS) that I’ve been watching with interest, writes Ken Shuttleworth. It was once the sole concern of local authorities to design and maintain our public spaces, to consider how best to zone and shape them for the various needs of different users. But now, of course, the world is a very different place, and the lines between who owns and who creates what are increasingly blurred. We can no longer rely solely on our acutely cash-strapped councils to give our towns and cities the spaces and