Scarborough reclassifies parks

Scarborough parks are to "buck the trend" and leave the street scene department of the local council to join its tourism section.

Parks and countryside manager Roger Burnett says this will help the North Yorkshire seaside resort regain its position as a place well known for its green spaces, including the famous Peasholm Park.

He said: "We want to look after the 'front door' of the town. People seem to have been going the other way to become part of street scene and we did four years ago.

"This will help deliver the Government's White Paper on stronger and safer communities. We're breaking the mould by doing this - bucking the trend."

Scarborough is in the early stages of a complete council restructure but has agreed to go ahead with moving parks from street scene to tourism. In recent years many councils have amalgamated their parks into their street cleansing departments. Eastleigh Borough Council is a recent example (HW, 29 March).

Parks consultant Bob Ivison said: "People are recognising the street scene model is not necessarily the best model. Community and tourism is getting back to engaging the community rather than the mechanistic street scene.

"Scarborough is a good model to use to hit government targets of community engagement, health and safety. (The parks) are obviously better off within the tourism structure than being stuck within street-sweeping in street scene."

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