Councils join to save on tree maintenance

A JOINT tree maintenance contract will mean reduced costs for the council.

Following the appointment of new contractors for the waste and the grounds maintenance contracts, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council have again joined forces to secure another major contract.

Gristwood and Toms will be providing the new service to maintain trees in local parks, woodlands and open spaces.

As a result of putting the tender out as a partnership, the new ten-year tree maintenance contract, which began on November 6, has resulted in reduced costs for tree work for both councils.

The contract also allows for AmicusHorizon housing association to join and take advantage of more competitive rates for tree works.

Councillor Emily Westley, lead member for environment, said: “We have again shown that when local authorities form partnerships to procure contracts, we can get a better deal for the tax payer whilst maintaining excellent standards of care.

“We recently procured the Grounds Maintenance contract with Rother District Council and AmicusHorizon and we are excited about continuing this partnership and welcoming Gristwood and Toms to Hastings and Rother.”

Councillor Martin Kenward, Rother District Council member for leisure, said: “This is another excellent example of councils working together to save tax payers’ money and protect services.”