£5million to be saved on parks and gardens

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A NEW grounds maintenance partnership is to save taxpayers and residents £5 million over 10 years across Hastings and Rother.

A contract to manage all the parks and seafront flower beds across the two local authorities has been awarded to horticulture specialists The Landscape Group.

This has come about as the result of a partnership between Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, and AmicusHorizon, which will reap savings of half a million pounds per year, over the ten-year life of the contract.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “By forming a joint partnership with Rother and AmicusHorizon we have been able to realise savings through economies of scale and smarter ways of working.

“This is the first time we have procured the grounds maintenance contract in partnership and we are very excited about working with our partners to ensure we maintain quality standards throughout our parks and open spaces.

The Landscape Group will take over the grounds maintenance work for Hastings Borough Council and AmicusHorizon on November 6, and Rother, at the end of November.

Michelle Maybury, operations director for The Landscape Group said: “I am delighted we have been awarded this prestigious contract to add to The Landscape Group’s portfolio.

“There was an enormous amount of work involved in reviewing the requirements of all three clients and devising an operational solution that allows us to deliver a quality service to all, but at lower cost to the local taxpayer and residents.

“We have come up with a neighbourhood-team approach that reduces travel time and will allow our staff to focus on their local patch.”

Steve Madell, regional asset director Sussex, AmicusHorizon, said: “This joint procurement is a new and ground-breaking approach to regional grounds maintenance.

“We are looking forward to working with our partners and The Landscape Group in providing excellent services for our residents.”

Exising grounds and maintenance staff are being transferred to The Landscape Group.

Ms Maybury said: “We know that the skills and local knowledge of transferring staff will be invaluable to us and look forward to welcoming them to The Landscape group.”