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Grounds maintenance contract

Published Thursday 16 September, 2021
Last updated on Friday 17 September, 2021

Councillors are being asked to approve a £1.48 million contract to maintain and improve Swale’s green spaces.

Swale Borough Council has reviewed the current ground maintenance contract which includes country parks, parks and recreation grounds, play areas, burial grounds and sports pitches around the borough.

After holding the contract since 2007, Blenwood Ltd re-tendered for the contract and were found to be the most financially viable option.

If approved, the contractor could be awarded the five-year contract when the current contract ends in January 2022.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We have more than 600 sites across Swale totalling almost 2 million square metres that need regular maintenance all year round.

“The grounds maintenance contract is one of our largest services and includes cutting grass, managing hedges, providing sports pitches and removing litter from our country parks, recreation grounds and play areas.

“When reviewing the contract, we wanted to make sure that we were getting a service that supports our commitment to the climate and ecological emergency, improved litter management and provided better local employment conditions.”

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“The tender included a commitment from the successful contractor to pay a real living wage, reduce pesticides, increase biodiversity, introduce electric vehicles and equipment, and provide litter clearance seven days a week.

“We are lucky enough to have such a huge number of green spaces, parks and beaches in Swale, and with that comes a responsibility on our contractors to maintain a safe space for everybody to enjoy.”

The grounds maintenance contract will be discussed the next cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 22 September.

The meeting agenda and full report can be found here.