Sutton Council is planning on changing how its parks are maintained.
Rather than manage the parks themselves, they have put out to the contract out to tender .
They have awarded Preferred Bidder status to The Landscape Group Limited for the provision of Lot 2 services (parks, grounds maintenance, cemeteries, verges and tree maintenance) for a period of eight years with the option to extend for a two further periods of eight years (twenty four in total) to commence from February 2017
A copy of the report can be found here. The relevant part, can be found on page 42. Item 2.2 onwards.
At a meeting of Friends of Cheam Park, we learnt that The Landscape Group plan to base themselves at the Depot in Cheam Park and one other site. Over the summer Sutton Council officers will negotiate with The Landscape Group exactly how the contract will operate.
At the Friends meeting, concern was raised as to parking in Cheam Car Park by staff from the Depot. It was proposed that if additional parking was needed, officers ask The Landscape Group to use the land at the back of the Depot. Council officers made it clear, that whilst it was an excellent idea, it was still all subject to negotiation.
Local residents expressed concern as to the volume of traffic entering the Depot via Tudor Close and the nature of this traffic. These comments were taken on board by Sutton Council officers.
At the Friends meeting, it was agreed that if there was any update on these negotiations, they would update residents and councillors at the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Area Committee on 8th September.
Sutton Council will keep local residents updated through the Cheam Ward Councillors, Tudor Close Residents Association, Friends of Cheam Park, Whats on in Cheam and Nonsuch News.