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Lichfield District Council hopes new parks and open spaces review will find £150,000 of savings

The next stage of a review of parks and green spaces in Lichfield and Burntwood is expected to save Lichfield District Council £150,000.

The Fit for the Future programme has already shaved £200,000 a year off the budget.

But a report by Cllr Andrew Smith, Cabinet member responsible for leisure and parks, revealed that more reductions were needed.

“This is a new review that builds on the successes of phase one and is expected to be complete by January 2016,” he said. “It is likely that it will concentrate on two main areas – reducing the estate and becoming more efficient.

Gentleshaw Common. Pic: Geoff Pick

Gentleshaw Common. Pic: Geoff Pick and
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“Reducing the estate will comprise the completion of the transfers of land currently in negotiation, particularly the parks and open spaces estate to Burntwood Town Council, Gentleshaw Common to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and land in Whittington to the Parish Council.

“[Also] the identification of other parts of the estate suitable for transfer and the identification of sites that have the potential for development.”

Cllr Smith didn’t rule out bringing in outside agencies to help identify further savings.

“It is also probable that we may need to commission external support to help us review options and to benchmark our own costs and performance,” he said.

The report will be discussed at an overview and scrutiny meeting at Lichfield District Council this evening (October 5).

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