Parks departments could be scrapped in council restructure

The traditional parks department could come to an end under a new wave of restructuring known as strategic commissioning.

Westminster City Council already has plans to axe all its departments and replace them with a model of commissioning bodies and support units.

The new structure comes into force on 1 October and up to 270 jobs will be axed across the council.

The parks department will be scrapped and the service moved into a "procurement and contract management strategic support unit".

Parks leaders including GreenSpace chief executive Paul Bramhill and London Parks & Green Spaces Forum director Tony Leach have expressed concern over the possible roll-out of the strategic commissioning model across the country.

For a full report see Horticulture Week magazine tomorrow (14 August).

 

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