National acclaim for Birmingham parks reorganisation

By on 29/03/2011 in News

A major reorganisation of Birmingham City Council's parks service, focussing on groundbreaking technology and increased work with volunteers, has been recognised by a top national award scheme.

The new structure, which produces savings of over £1 million a year, was highly commended in the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2011, narrowly missing out on the overall crown for efficiency.

Last year a new computerised management system POPI (Parks Operations & Performance Information) was introduced to modernise the service. POPI has resulted in savings of £1.3 million a year.

The new structure features six hubs providing parks services for constituencies across the city, while also working more closely with Friends of Parks volunteer groups.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “The reorganisation has been a major success, delivering both financially and in terms of efficiency.

“We've been working on this system for several years and we simply could not have delivered the improved service without a wholesale reorganisation of the service.

“Our new system means we can closely monitor parks, meaning contractors are only paid for the work they do.

“At the same time we are now working more closely than ever with the wonderful Friends of Parks teams all over the city.”

The Local Government Chronicle Awards recognise councils that have achieved excellence and greater efficiency over the past year.

Emma Maier, LGC's editor, said: “It is testament to the spirit, determination and commitment of local government and the people who work in it that despite this enormously challenging time, they have continued to innovate and achieve.

“We received hundreds of entries and the high standard shines out. The finalists were simply first class and I would like to congratulate all of them.”

Over the last 12 months, Birmingham City Council's parks team has also:

  • won the Heart of England in Bloom competition
  • been awarded a silver flora award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show
  • achieved eight Green Flag Awards
  • improved satisfaction levels

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  1. lesley spofforth says:

    AT least we can walk around the park without a charge also the brilliant work of the Rangers is a service i really hope we dont loose ,they give free rambles and explain everything long may this service go on