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Fears over cuts as Highland Council services to be reviewed

By Scott Maclennan

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Grass cutting could change.
Grass cutting could change.

MORE play parks could be shut, maintenance of burials grounds could change, and more grassy areas could be allowed to become overgrown if changes to amenity services are made by Highland Council.

Councillors will be asked on Thursday to agree to a review of the services as the local authority prepares to deal with new budget pressures.

The budget for amenity services is around £4.3 million, with £1.8 million raised in income.

A report to councillors stated: “Service standards and provision have reduced to achieve savings amounting to £402,000 over the past three years.

“New budget pressures are expected from new open spaces to be maintained.

“A review would consider all the resourcing issues including workforce, plant, materials, income generation and community capacity for sustainable proposals to be developed for members to consider.”

See today's Inverness Courier for full story.

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