Greenwich Council will once again lock parks overnight after halting the practice back in April.
The plan to not lock parks predates current issues with staff on furlough. Back in January I covered plans to save £121,500 a year through a policy 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”.
No longer locking parks was just £9,000 of that overall total.
It could be argued it wouldn’t pay off in the long term – and certainly hasn’t in the short term given many parks are now full of litter. Anecdotally my local parks are in a mess often after evening meet-ups. Of course staff on furlough not collecting bins adds to the issue and parks being open in the evening isn’t the whole story. Rubbish blows away in the wind and while people should take rubbish home, many appear to think if a bin is full they’ll leave it.
Once bins begin to be collected again, many green spaces will hopefully improve.