Milton Keynes Council to consider awarding £2.1m landscaping contract

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Plans to award a £2.1m landscaping contract could see 49 Milton Keynes Council staff transferred to the successful bidder.

Milton Keynes Council’s cabinet will receive a proposal on April 16 which, if adopted, is expected to save up to £250,000 per year on the costs of landscape maintenance as well as improving how green space is maintained around the borough.

Cabinet will consider a proposal to award a new contract for landscape maintenance which includes grass cutting, planting, weed control within parks and open spaces, the maintenance of cemeteries, and many other services which are currently managed in-house.

The five year contract is worth £2.1m each year, and could involve the transfer of 49 council staff to the successful contractor.

Up to £250,000 per year is expected to be saved as a result of introducing the contract, which would also introduce better methods of working to improve how green space is maintained.

Following discussion with local town and parish councils, a number of councils will be taking on landscape maintenance for their parish directly, giving them even greater control over local services.

Cllr Alice Bramall, cabinet member responsible for the Public Realm, said: “With so much open green spaces in and around Milton Keynes the landscaping contract is an important one to get right. Not only will this contract save taxpayers £1.25million over five years but the level of service offered by the council when keeping on top of grass cutting, weed control, and general maintenance will improve. This is a win-win for residents of Milton Keynes.”

Also on April 16, cabinet will consider a separate proposal to extend the council’s contract for waste collections and cleansing that, if adopted, should save an additional £300,000 per year.