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Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 2: What is the Open Spaces Strategy?
- Chapter 3: What the Open Spaces Strategy will do.
- Chapter 4: Policy Context
- Chapter 5: Strategy Vision
- Chapter 6: The Benefits of Open Space
- Chapter 7: Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
- Chapter 8: Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 9: Current Management Arrangements and Partnerships
- Chapter 10: Harborough District Councils Open Spaces
- Chapter 11 Future Management Proposals for Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 12: The value of Open Space to Business and the Local Community
- Chapter 13: Minimum Provision, Accessibility and Quality Thresholds
- Chapter 14: Aims of the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 15: Aim 1.The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
- Chapter 16: Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
- Chapter 17: Aim 3. To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free, and contribute towards a safe environment
- Chapter 18: Aim 4. Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces
- Chapter 19: Aim 5: Deliver value for money services when managing open space
- Chapter 20: Aim 6. Open Space supports business and income is maximised
- Chapter 21: Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
- Chapter 22: Open Space Strategy Action Plan
- Chapter 23: Consultation
- Chapter 24: Strategy Review
- Chapter 25: List of Appendices
- Chapter 26 Introduction to Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation
- Chapter 27 Scope of the open space and sport and recreation consultation
- Chapter 28 Open Space Calculations
- Chapter 29 When will the policy be applied?
- Chapter 30 What types of open space, sport and recreation facilities will require developer contributions?
- Chapter 31 How will the policy operate?
- Chapter 32 Where are the open spaces to be provided?
- Chapter 33 Appendix S: Developer contributions for new provision/enhancement of open space
- Chapter 34 Appendix T: Developer Contributions towards the Future Maintenance Costs of Outdoor Play Space, Amenity Areas and other Open Spaces
19.1. Open Space costs money to maintain. To meet the minimum obligations as an open space owner, the District Council will always need to spend money on its maintenance obligations. To fulfil the communities aspiration to provide good quality open space that is available for everyone additional money will need to be spent on behalf of communities.
19.2. This is not to suggest that money should be wasted, and teams must ensure that open space and its associated maintenance delivers good value for money.
19.3. The value of open space cannot, however, be measured in purely financial terms. There is much social capital that is associated with open space provision and this must be recognised when assessing whether open space delivers value for money.
19.4. A competitively tendered grounds maintenance contract is vital when delivering a value for money service. The current Integrated Contract is being re-tendered in 2016, with the current Grounds Maintenance contract offering exceptional value for money given the current specifications.
19.5. It will be important for the District Council to consider the level of quality that is required from a new Grounds Maintenance contract and write specifications accordingly. The specification may not be the same across all open spaces, but a targeted approach may need to be used with some open space receiving less maintenance than high priority areas.
19.6. What has been achieved since 2009:
2009 Grounds Maintenance Contract delivering very good value for money
2016 Grounds Maintenance Contract being prepared and tendered.
Cost reductions within Grounds Maintenance contract in 2012,13,14
Actions to achieve this objective
Re-tender the Grounds Maintenance contact with appropriate specifications and Bill of Quantities
Ensure that an appropriate Grounds Maintenance specification is written to allow a differentiation of service level between different typologies or locations of open space.
Prioritise resources to those open spaces that are most used or have the highest profile.
Actions to achieve this objective
Periodically undertake a cost of maintenance and benefit of provision analysis of landscape features and other amenities provided on open space to assess whether they are still appropriate and offer value for money
Use the results of the cost and benefit analysis to determine whether existing landscape features and amenities should be removed, repaired, re-modelled or be subject to alternative management when assessing available budgets.