A consultation is taking place that will help residents and local groups, through the Neighbourhood Partnership, to influence Bristol City Council’s new Grounds Maintenance Contract. The consultation has no closing date – the Parks service would like a continual dialogue with the Neighbourhood Partnership so that influencing and contract changes can take place throughout the year.
During October 2014, the Neighbourhood Officer will be consulting with local park groups, users and other interested bodies to understand their priorities so that the new contract can reflect this as best as possible.
Things that can be influenced include: areas to be weed sprayed, grass cutting regimes, litter collections / litter picking, a site presence (park keeper) or not, which shrubs to maintain, what ornamental planting should take place, frequency of hard surface sweeping, toilet opening / closing.
Once information has been gathered through this initial consultation, the Environment Subgroup / Neighbourhood Partnership will establish themes for the whole NP area, e.g. littering, ornamental planting etc. This will become the base in which the Parks Service will build the new contract around for launching in February 2015. Thereafter, the Parks service will want to allow local communities to influence and introduce local park aspirations, e.g number of bins, different types of grass cutting regimes, introduction of bulb planting etc.
You can take part in the consultation via the link below. You will need to make separate submissions for each green space you are interested in.
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