Haydon Wick Parish Council appoints new grounds maintenance contractor to provide enhanced service across the parish
Haydon Wick Parish Council is pleased to announce that at a recent Full Council meeting it approved the appointment of Teign Trees & Landscaping Ltd as the new contractor for the autumn/winter grounds maintenance.
Following strict scrutiny of the three tenders received; the winning contractor was appointed for its proven track record in local authority grounds maintenance, a credible social and climate control programme, extensive use of electric machinery and value for money. The Council has also chosen to reinvest some of the cost savings into upskilling their in-house Parks & Open Spaces Team.
The new contractor will deliver an enhanced autumn/winter grounds maintenance service. Residents will see harder shrub and bush cuts, reductions to hedge heights especially those that have grown visibly over the past few years and affect highway visibility. This enhanced service contract is in addition to the Council’s previous commitment, to bolster its team with three new staff members who have responsibility to provide a compact road sweeper service and year-round bush/hedge cutting service. The Parks & Open Spaces Team of 11 has grown in response to residents’ requests for an improved grounds maintenance service.
Furthermore, with an investment into two electric vehicles, and the ongoing capital development of a new Grounds Maintenance Facility- expected to complete in 2023, the Council has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the improving the parks & open spaces in the parish.
Councillor S Heyes, Vice Chairman of Parks & Open Spaces Committee had this to say:
“We are proud to be delivering a more sustainable grounds maintenance service than ever before. We made a big commitment this financial year to improve our service levels by bolstering our team, enhancing our contracted and internal service provision, as well as investing into electric machinery and vehicles”.
Haydon Wick Parish Council has over 65 hectares of open spaces, hedgerows, shrubs and trees to maintain. The Council’s open spaces are hired by football teams, park yoga and other community uses. The Council has 23 play parks and a skate park on a rolling redevelopment programme. It has invested over £300,000 over the past three years on major upgrades to several play parks. The Council serves 23,000 residents and is fully committed to investing in parks and open spaces to improve the health and wellbeing of its community. The Council also shares the responsibility for maintaining areas within the Seven Fields Conservation Area and Mouldon Hill Country Park, both located in North Swindon.