Media Release - Llanelli Parks Kept Safe from Closure
LLANELLI TOWN COUNCIL
LLANELLI PARKS KEPT SAFE FROM CLOSURE
A number of Llanelli parks and playing fields have been saved from the threat of closure following a decision taken by Llanelli Town Council and Llanelli Rural Council to work together to maintain them. The two councils subsequently asset transferred a number of parks and play areas from Carmarthenshire County Council as part of its asset transfer programme. The Councils already have an excellent track record of working together having first started working in partnership in 1975 when they formed a joint committee to oversee the acquisition and management of Llanelli District Cemetery.
The two councils recently signed a memorandum of understanding in recognition of this long-standing arrangement so as to better regulate the activities of the joint committee and to enable them to enter into a new collaboration agreement to manage and maintain parks and playing fields which have been transferred to both councils from the County Council.
Collaboration in the public sector is very much the order of the day in Wales and is encouraged by Welsh Government in support of its public services reform agenda. Working together for the common good also promotes sustainable development.
Under the new partnership arrangements, Llanelli Rural Council now provides professional advice and support to Llanelli Town Council on all grounds maintenance related matters as well as providing the Town Council with a bespoke grounds maintenance service.
Cllr Jan Williams, Leader, Llanelli Town Council remarking on the aims and benefits of the partnership stated “a primary goal of the partnership is to make efficient and effective use of resources. Not only has this arrangement with the Rural Council saved a lot of money through sharing resources it has also helped to sustain and safeguard jobs but more importantly, however, the partnership has secured the future of our parks and playing fields in the town”.
The willingness to work together has produced budget savings for both councils through sharing service costs. The Rural Council has generated an income stream from the Town Council to help offset its costs in maintaining parks and play areas that it has transferred from the County Council; whereas the Town Council has saved time and money in not having to duplicate services already provided by the Rural Council.
Cllr Tegwen Devichand, Leader, Llanelli Rural Council commented “By agreeing to work together the two councils have saved a number of parks and recreational facilities from the threat of closure. Pleasingly, the partnership is making a noticeable difference to the local community with recreational facilities being maintained to a very high standard in the town and rural areas. We believe service delivery has improved through the partnership and the arrangement is providing much better value for money to the public and this is what partnership working is all about”.