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Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels (£100,000)

Future Funds

Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio

This will mean open spaces, parks and grass verges will be cut but on a less frequent basis as the current standard.   The current standard during the growing season is a cut every 12/15 days the new standard would be a cut every 30 days.

[Reference: Cabinet papers, Item 6, paragraph 52(c)]

Related FAQs

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

The Council has a legal duty to ensure as far as reasonably practical that footpaths and the highway are free from litter and that people do not come to harm when visiting parks and open spaces. Much of the work we have done in the past was well above what was legally required, but due to the increasing pressure on our budgets we are being forced to cut back on these services to minimum levels. It is sadly inevitable that there will be an impact and we would urge local residents, and visitors to the borough, to play their part in keeping the area tidy - use litter bins provided or take your litter home to dispose of it. Larger items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or you can arrange for collection via the council. We would also welcome any ideas from voluntary and community groups about how they can get involved. Working together we can help keep Darlington a tidy and pleasant place in which to live, work and visit. 

Your Say

5 comment(s)

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Comment

FF 52c (Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels)

I live opposite the tennis dene and have done for the last 36 years. Up until a few years ago this dene was a pleasure to walk through and sit in. Over recent years there has been a steady decline and nowadays it looks like a meadow. Grass cutting is very infrequent (even though your report says differently), and when it does take place the cut grass is left behind to blow all over the paths etc. which looks most unsightly. Does nobody ever use grass cutters that collect the grass anymore? Also the areas of grass being cut has gradually got less and less, whilst the margins of uncut grass has increased. There are large areas that are now waist high in weeds and brambles, the flowerbeds no longer exist and what was once a beautiful rose garden is now just brambles. In the spring and summertime you would be hard pushed to know that there is actually a beck running through it because the weeds and brambles etc. are so tall and overgrown that it is not visible. If you take a look at other parks and recreation spaces in Darlington, in comparison the tennis dene has got to be one of the most neglected. I understand that the lack of maintenance is to provide habitats for the wildlife in this dene, or so I am told, but in my opinion that is just another penny pinching excuse which has been going on for a number of years now and started a long time before the current government cuts. These denes were gifted to the citizens of the town as recreation areas, NOT the wildlife.

FF 52c (Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels)

You can't cut the Denes on its current cut. 30 days is a joke. Why not station 1 man permanently in the Denes. The place has been a disgrace since 2006 when Street Scene was conceived. Morons in charge Sack the lot of them and get a private contractor in who'll actually do the job for half the money!

FF 52c (Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels)
Cut W12 (Grounds Maintenance, Horticulture, Parks and Countryside Management)

Grass cutting in parks should continu as it is which is sometimes a 3 week cut - to allow young people & adults to exercise on the grass, picnic, socialise & be in the fresh air.
Long grass has proved to attract, dangerous litter & dog fouling and is not then hygenic for people to be in contact with when using the grassed areas. It would disallow many of todays uses. Uses do not increase with long grass they get less. & stop people going toparks.

FF 52c (Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels)

You recently named three strategic parks for Darlington, being South park, The Denes and North Park.
These parks should continue to be maintained as near to the present schedule as possible.
The town needs leisure space in the fresh air and these areas are or paramount importance and should not be degraded in any way.
West Park seems protected by the levy paid by residents.
The South Park has gardeners employed to keep it maintained.
Street Scene are the only others available to maintain the other two strategic parks so they should NOT be reduced in staff numbers.
Street Scene do everything in parks to keep them clean and maintained which is very much more than the rangers do in the parks.[rangers seem to just work mainly at the many south park and west park events and in the green nature reserves at other times where they get help from the volunteers there.]
Grass in parks should be cut three weekly at the outside - this would still make a financial saving.

FF 52c (Funding to Maintain Open Space and Parks to Allow Standards to be Introduced at 50% of Current Levels)
FF 52d (Maintain South Park to Existing Standards)
Cut W12 (Grounds Maintenance, Horticulture, Parks and Countryside Management)

The Councillors need to support the UK's parks and playing fields. People across all communities value their parks and playing fields being maintained and well managed or better still with improvements 91% of people in UK believe public parks and open spaces improve quality of life There are 2.6 billion estimated visits to the UK's parks each year 94% of people felt having green space close to where they live was important 83% of families with children aged 5 & under visit their local park at least once a month make sure they are still maintained well and are there for future generations to enjoy. Do not let them overgrow into rough pastures filling with litter and dog faeces or fly tipping.