FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

17 February 2020

Please provide:

"The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2016 

 

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2017

 

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2018

 

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2019"  

"The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2016  

 

The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2017

The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2018

The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2019

 



East Herts Council Response

17 February 2020

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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East Herts Council Response

03 March 2020

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

"The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2016 

 2016/17           1,606,097         Actual

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2017

 2017/18           1,635,402         Actual

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2018

 2018/19           1,607,161         Actual

The total spent on upkeep and maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council, in 2019  

2019/20            1,606,510         Budget

 

"The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2016  

The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2017
The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2018
The frequency of maintenance of green spaces/areas which are maintained by the council in 2019" 

 

The Council’s contract for maintaining green spaces/areas is not based on frequencies but on performance standards.  The number of visits to each individual green space is therefore not recorded.  The contractor adjusts their frequency of visits to perform a range of operations to meet these performance standards.  These are the relevant standards for the years 2016 to 2019.

CLASSIFICATION

DESCRIPTION

PERIOD

STANDARD

Park Grassland

 Large open spaces.  Usually cut with gang mowers in the main.  Includes football pitches.

1st Apr - 31st Oct

Minimum height - 25mm Maximum height - 75mm

1st Nov – 31st Mar

Minimum height  - 50mm  Maximum height - 75mm

General Amenity Grass

Amenity land, open spaces, and small parks, mainly in urban areas.  Usually cut with ride on rotary or cylinder mowers.

All Year

Minimum height  - 25mm

Maximum height - 80mm

Box Mowing High Amenity Grass

High Amenity Parks. Usually cut with a rotary or cylinder mower with collection box

1st Apr - 31st Oct

Minimum height  12mm Maximum height - 25mm

1st Nov – 31st Mar

Minimum height  - 20mm  Maximum height - 35mm

Conservation Cut (Meadow Grass)

Cut and collect and dispose of arisings on certain park areas with aim of keeping nutrient levels low and help disperse seeds to encourage wild flowers

Twice per year March and August or July and September as instructed

Height after cutting - 75mm

Rough Grass

Cut only on certain park areas to maintain a ‘naturalised’ appearance

Twice per year March and August

Height after cutting – 75mm

Rural Grass Cut

Council owned roadside verges in rural areas (not County). Mainly cut with ride-on cylinder or rotary mowers or tractor and side arm or strimming in some locations.

All Year

Min – 50mm Max – 150mm

Hedges

Combination of side only, top and side, top and both sides.  All litter and arisings are removed from the hedge base on the same day as pruning

cut twice a year

Shrub beds  - High Care / Standard Care 

Growth that obstructs car parks, footpaths, roads, road nameplates, signs, windows, gutters shall be carefully trimmed back to a regular line and shape by cutting during the early summer. Site lines, signs and nameplates kept clear of vegetation at all times.

All shrub beds are pruned at least once per year. Beds must be 95% weed free
(High Care hand weeded only and mulched)

 

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Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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Thank you for your request.