Parks grounds maintenance changes – citywide. May 2105

Cllr Fi Hance forwarded the following email to us 9th June 2015.

It will be discussed at the FoSAP meeting 27.6.15

Dear Councillor 

I am writing to advise you of some changes the Parks service has made this year to some of its grounds maintenance services.  Grounds maintenance services include grass cutting, pruning shrubs and ornamental borders, cutting hedges, emptying litter bins and litter picking, maintaining sports pitches, sweeping hard surfaces and cleaning park facilities.

The majority of this work will remain unchanged, particularly with regard to litter, but in some spaces visitors will notice that some areas of grass are cut more frequently than other areas which will be deliberately left long.

The changes will allow the Council to spend more time in the summer doing other work, for example carrying out repairs to seating and footpaths and dealing with ‘harder-to-solve’ issues such as litter and overgrowing shrubs.

Areas of longer grass can have benefits for wildlife and increase visual interest in our parks.  We have been increasing the number of popular urban meadows in the city over the last few years.  Longer grassed areas will be cut short at the end of the summer.

From May to August this year we will be collecting any comments made to us about our grounds maintenance services to help us understand if changes should be made or not for next year.  We will then consult with Neighbourhood Partnerships in September / October on what has worked and they can put forward to us what they may want to change for 2016.  In December / January we will then respond to Neighbourhood Partnerships and set out the service we will deliver across the city for 2016.  This is part of work to enable Partnerships to have an increased level of influence on our maintenance services.

If you have any more questions, particularly about what changes may be in your ward area, please do contact me either by email (Richard.Fletcher@bristol.gov.uk) or via 0117 922 3719.

We will be providing information on grounds maintenance changes and how to comment on them direct to park groups, online and in our park noticeboards where it is most relevant.  To enable comments about the grounds maintenance changes we have made we have set up a temporary email address parksmaintenance.review@bristol.gov.uk that is open from now. 

Please visit  http://www.bristol.gov.uk/node/2315 for updates and to report a particular, immediate problem in a park that needs attention.

Kind regards

Richard Fletcher, Area Manager East & Central, Parks and Caretaking, Environment & Leisure Services’ Brunel House, St Georges Road, Bristol, BS1 5UY Tel: 0117 9223719

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