Council staff given special park preview

The council staff at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The council staff at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

TWO bosses from the borough council’s parks department were given a sneak preview of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London the largest in Europe.

Murray Davidson, environment and natural resources manager and parks manager Terry Drinkwater were invited to the former Olympic site by the borough’s grounds maintenance contractor, The Landscape Group.

The company won the contract to maintain the site around the park in 2012.

It is one of the largest urban parks to be built in Europe for 150 years. One year later, The Landscape Group won the contract to maintain the parks and gardens of Hastings, Bexhill and Rye in a unique partnership Hastings, Rother District Council and AmicusHorizon.

The aim was to provide a shared grounds maintenance contractor across the two areas.

The Olympic park project aims to instill a sense of local pride for residents and is due to open on Wednesday (April 5)

Councillor Emily Westley, lead member for leisure and amenities at the borough council, said: “The Landscape Group maintain the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the highest quality and standards.

“And year on year the local communities of Hastings and St Leonards rank our parks and open spaces top of the council’s services. The day at the Olympic Park not only showcased the quality landscape maintenance but gave managers a chance to meet other local authorities who utilise the Landscape Group. We really feel that we are in good hands with the group looking after our award winning parks and open spaces.”