From October, Ashford Borough Council (ABC) will be bringing the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house.
The new service, called Aspire Landscape Management, will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.
The service is also working with Kent County Council (KCC) Highway Services on areas of work that we can perform in order to maintain quality standards. Until now, this work was undertaken by Landscape Services, but from this autumn it will come under the responsibility of ABC.
This initiative is a key part of delivering the adopted Land Management Improvement Plan, which aims to make the borough a pleasant and enjoyable place to live, work, visit and enjoy.
By enhancing Ashford’s overall appearance and attractiveness and raise civic pride and make the borough more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.
Improving borough presentation
The new in-house service will give ABC greater flexibility as they will be able to move resources where they are needed most, with an ability to be more fluid with changing priorities. It will also be more cost effective.
This links to Priority 4 of the Corporate Plan – Attractive Ashford, where the council’s aspiration is to achieve an environment that creates higher standards of public space design, alongside improved standards of presentation of key green spaces.
The Land Management Improvement Plan therefore aims to tackle these issues, with one of the key components being the in-house grounds maintenance service.
Since receiving planning approval from the council in July, Gallagher Properties have been redeveloping the former Rimmel factory site at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, which has been derelict for nearly a decade after it was destroyed by fire.
The plans for the site include the Aspire Landscape Management grounds maintenance depot as well as a ready-mix concrete plant and 70,000ft2 of industrial warehouse units.
To find out more or to report an issue, please contact Aspire Landscape Management on:
Aspire Landscape Management
Carlton Business Park
Kent TN23 1EF
Ashford Borough Council 20 September 2016