Cannon Hill Park statement

By on 12/04/2011 in Rebuttals

Today's Birmingham Mail story 'Dirty park blamed on cash cuts' inaccurately suggests the dropping of litter in Cannon Hill Park is as a consequence of last year's parks reorganisation.

The reorganisation has had no impact whatsoever on litter picking in Cannon Hill or any other Birmingham Park. The frequency of litter picking remains exactly the same.

The reorganisation has just been recognised by the Local Government Chronicle Awards and the groundbreaking new computerised management system POPI (Parks Operations & Performance Information) means services in our parks can be more closely monitored than ever before.

So any suggestion that litter in Cannon Hill Park this weekend is a consequence of the reorganisation is nonsense.

The simple fact is that our parks were extremely busy this weekend as people across the city enjoyed the Spring sunshine and that inevitably and regrettably means an increase in litter.

As is usual, staff worked throughout the weekend and 12 members of staff worked on the clear-up at Cannon Hill Park yesterday.

The popularity of our parks has never been higher. Recent figures from our customer satisfaction survey - the first since new grounds maintenance contracts were awarded last year – show the approval ratings of our parks are up eight per cent.

There is an issue of personal responsibility here and the majority of people use the litter bins provided or take litter home with them. Unfortunately a minority do not and sadly that has always been the case.

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