Council approved the allocation of a proportion of the grounds maintenance budget for a participatory budgeting approach to take effect from 1 April 2019. This will allow communities the opportunity to influence how the grounds maintenance budget is used and supports a key outcome of PB to deliver services more efficiently, as service delivery programmes will be based on a clearer understanding of resident's needs and priorities.
They undertook a range of engagement mechanisms – discussions with community leaders, public events, surveys etc. A pilot was held with dedicated funding which has potential to be scaled up later on. It was important to be clear what was within/outwith scope (i.e. minimum requirements for grass cutting for road safety etc) Mapping out the current spend for parks and greenspaces including grass cutting, labour, plant setting etc.