The list has been dismissed by some, but there are a few interesting ideas alongside those which many authorities have been doing for years.
But the ideas originate from council tax payers so they may provide some useful support for something Green Space Managers are struggling to introduce in green spaces or something which is proving unpopular.
Let me know what you think.
To see the whole list click here but here are the ones I think are most likely to be relevant to green spaces:
Charge to hold events in parks. Make sure you charge enough to reflect the need to clear up afterwards and protect the grass. Also ensure that the choice of events is sensitive to the wishes of residents. But often revenue can be secured for events which residents enjoy –annual fireworks, an ice rink, open air opera, farmers markets, fun fairs,etc.
Where extra spending would secure a desirable objective consider whether the money could come from sponsorship rather than the council. For instance new street trees could be funded by encouraging households to sponsor a new tree in their street, Christmas lights can be sponsored by local business
Old fashioned public lavatories can sometimes represent pretty poor value for money in terms of the cost of maintenance in relation to how often they are used . Often the buildings can be valuable capital assets. A better arrangement may be to pay pubs a small fee for agreeing to allow non -drinkers to use their loos free of charge
the photo above is the new cafe built from the old public loos in Taunton
Sell off redundant park lodges by the entrances to parks and other facilities for market housing. Apart from the revenue,often these beautiful buildings become eyesores when left empty with their windows boarded up, etc.
Remember that voluntary and community groups as well as private firms may offer a better means of providing a service than the council's own workforce
Chipping felled tree branches and shrubs for footpaths & mulch
Where appropriate use cattle and sheep to graze on council land rather than spending money on grass cutting.
Encourage trusts to take over allotment sites -reducing running costs and allowing them to be better run
Don't be too proud to constantly check if other authorities are achieving lower costs or higher standards for a service and ,if so, whether they are achieving this through greater efficiency. Benchmark. Benchmark. Benchmark. After that do some more benchmarking
Offer an interactive iPhone application which allows residents to access services residents can report up to 45 different issues such as a missed bin collection or broken streetlight, 'Find my nearest', which locates amenities such as libraries and parks using GPS signals, news, events, jobs and a postcode -driven bin calendar. This lowers administration costs (it costs £1.50 less to process an iPhone enquiry compared to telephone contacts)