Have your say on council’s Clean and Green proposals

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Derbyshire Dales District Council is looking to act on the recommendations of an independent review of its street cleansing and grounds maintenance services.

Local people are to be consulted on the findings of the review, which could see the two areas merged to create a more efficient and effective single ‘clean and green’ service that saves Council Tax payers £142,000 a year.

The independent review was commissioned last year against this financial backdrop with the dual aim of identifying service improvements while cutting costs.

Street cleansing and grounds maintenance includes grass cutting, parks and sports pitch maintenance, street cleaning and litter picking. Major parks and gardens owned and maintained by the District Council include the recreation grounds in Ashbourne and Bakewell, Derwent Gardens and Lovers’ Walks in Matlock Bath, Bakewell’s Bath Gardens and the Green Flag Hall Leys Park in Matlock.

Director of Community Services Peter Foley said: “Clearly we have to become leaner, but find smarter ways to deliver a first class service.”

A questionnaire is available to complete online now at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/cleanandclean and paper versions are available from Town Hall, Matlock, Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the authority’s leisure centres.Deadline for returning the survey is July 24.