Council to thrash out Portsmouth park maintenance plan

A MEETING is to be held to decide which body should be responsible for maintaining parks and open spaces across Portsmouth.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 6:05 am

Tory culture boss Linda Symes will decide which strategy should be taken at the council’s civic offices tomorrow.

Cllr Symes will reveal whether an in-house team from the council’s property and housing management team will be responsible for north, east and south areas – or if the role should go out to tender with a list of firms.

It follows a ‘soft market testing exercise’ that has been carried out to identify what the best option could be.

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The council currently has four contracts with two firms which are due to expire at the end of December this year.

A report by the council’s director of city development and cultural services, Stephen Baily, says the companies have an aggregated expenditure value of £1.5m each year.

Their contracts cannot be extended ‘without the risk of challenge by other service providers’ says Mr Baily.