Further parks budget cuts proposed by Trafford Council

Trafford Council is proposing to cut £861,000 from its parks and green spaces budget to meet a £15.9m budget shortfall in 2014-15.

Slashing the number of dedicated parks staff will save £250,000 if the draft budget is approved in February. A further £54,000 saving is proposed from restructuring and contracting out the tree unit.

The council plans to cut £450,000 by redesigning the highways and environmental services portfolio. This includes bringing in shift patterns that will mean less need for vehicles and plant as well as cutting parks maintenance, street cleaning and litter picking.

The two "pets corners" in Trafford parks where small animals such as rabbits are looked after by parks staff for the benefit of children will be closed unless an alternative provider can be found at no cost to the council.

Cutting off funding to the Mersey Valley and the Bollin Valley Partnerships will save £107,000 under the proposals. Both partnerships operate a warden or ranger service and joint countryside management project with nearby councils.

Trafford Council will lose nearly 10 per cent (£7.8m) from its central Government funding from next April. It has also proposed cutting 89 full-time jobs and requiring staff across the council to take three days unpaid leave each per year.

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