More details have been revealed in a council report highlighting plans by Greenwich Council to cut services in parks this coming year.
They include reducing grass cutting in most parks from 18 to 6 and no longer locking parks in the evening.
The plan states they seek to “reduce grass cutting frequency in parks, except a
small number of high profile sites: Green Flag sites and sport pitches. Current cuts 18 to 6 per year, reduce average frequency per year”.
They hope to save £121,500 per year and cuts would also occur on other grassed areas away from parks. They claim “there is an increasing acceptance and, in fact, demand that the Council does all it can to support biodiversity. Reducing the frequency of grass cutting could help to achieve that”.
“This proposal would reduce the frequency of grass cutting across much of the public realm to respond to public demand and to save costs.”
In regards to leaving parks unlocked they state:
“This will need community consultation so that there is good awareness of the rationale for taking this action. A communications campaign would need to be developed so that there is a good level of awareness of the benefits of providing increased access to our parks.”
This news came days after Greenwich Council revealed spending of £1.5 million on parks this year, though it’s now shown to be a one-time only spend. £1.5 million is still less than many councils spend annually from income such as Section 106 and CIL, yet Greenwich Council allocate very little income from new developments towards parks.
Last year it totalled just 0.3 per cent of Section 106 income – despite millions lying unspent alongside income from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Plans are due to be signed off by Greenwich’s Cabinet next week. It’s also been revealed that 271 bins for dog waste could be removed in coming months.
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