The Council is proposing a number of changes to the Parks and Open Spaces service that will save money, and they want your views.
Parks and Open Spaces service
The council’s Parks, Landscape and Street Scene section provides overall management of parks and open spaces including the maintenance of the parks assets and infrastructure, the provision of the ranger service, provision of playgrounds and equipment, landscape and environment maintenance including, grass cutting, sports pitch provision, litter picking, street sweeping, removal of fly tipping, litter bin and dog bin emptying, site patrols and inspections, tree condition surveys and maintenance, maintenance of schools grounds, highway weed spraying and the upkeep and maintenance of cemeteries.
What are they consulting on?
To meet their overall budget responsibilities by 2020 the council intends to reduce the non-statutory parks budget by £473,000 and proposes to do this as follows:
- Reducing parks grounds maintenance operations by the equivalent of £170,000 from April 2018 and by a further £75,000 from April 2019
- Reducing the spend on new and the repair and maintenance of play equipment by £45,000 from April 2018
- Ceasing the ranger service from April 2018 saving £133,000 and to transfer operations and/or management of some green assets to the voluntary sector saving an estimated £50,000.
St. Helens Council
You can also pop into Wesley House reception and pick up a paper copy of the proposals and survey.
Deadline for responses: 11th February 2018
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