Bowling greens and parks facilities threatened by council spending cuts
NORTH East Lincolnshire Council has announced plans save up to £370,000 by transferring maintenance to parish councils and other interested parties.
A spokesman for NELC revealed the proposals to "rationalise" the grounds maintenance service - by potentially closing bowling greens, reducing grass cutting and introducing a mobile parks maintenance team.
Bowling greens and croquet lawns at Laceby, Healing, People's Park and Greenlands, New Waltham, are at risk of closure.NELC hopes facilities can be transferred to parish councils and other interested parties, but if none come forward, they will close to "protect other services".Discussions took place with some bowling clubs last year, as reported, and these will continue.
Meanwhile, the daily locking and unlocking of some parks and open spaces is "no longer sustainable", according to the authority.
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It has stopped immediately at: Duke of York Gardens; Bradley Woods; St Christopher's (Jubilee Playing field); Cleethorpes Country Park; Cleethorpes' King George (Taylor's Avenue); Roval Drive, Immingham; and Mount Pleasant, Waltham.The majority of grassed areas will continue to be cut as normal but NELC intends to reduce or remove this service at some sites, for example in Laceby Road and Weelsby Road.
The number of tubs and hanging baskets around the borough will also be reduced.As reported, the council must make savings of £58 million overall up to 2015/16. The grounds maintenance budget will be reduced by £1 million before then to help achieve this.
See tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph for full details.