This consultation ended at on 24 July 2013.
The District Council faces a 22.4% grant reduction from Government over the next two years (on top of a 15.6% cut in 2012/13 and 16.2% in 2011/12). To help deal with these cuts, we've identified potential savings within our street cleansing and grounds maintenance services.
Street cleansing and grounds maintenance includes grass cutting, parks and sports pitch maintenance, street cleaning and litter picking. In 2012 we commissioned an independent review [PDF 0.07MB] of our street cleansing and grounds maintenance services. Its aim was to deliver service improvements whilst at the same time making ongoing savings. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the service changes and recommended 'core standards [PDF 0.02MB]' which we propose to implement from January 2014.
What we propose
The main recommendations from the review are to:
- merge the two services together into a single 'Clean and Green' service to create a more efficient and effective service
- establish two area-based teams to help reduce travel times, better utilise staff, use fewer vehicles and help deal with seasonal increases in workload
- improve the standards of services for the general public through more flexible working methods and scaling back the high level of service provided to some local sports clubs
- agree a new set of core standards defining what the street scene service will do and establishing consistent service standards across the district
- introduce a programme of education, community engagement and enforcement to help reduce littering, dog fouling and fly tipping
Together, these changes would help save an estimated £142,000 p.a.
- Parks and Public Open Space Core Standards [PDF 0.02MB]
- Street Scene and Grounds Maintenance Services Review [PDF 0.07MB]
The findings from the consultation are available for viewing: Street Cleansing & Grounds Maintenance Service Review Public Consultation Results [PDF 0.09MB]