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The latest network queries circulated for this service are listed below. 

If you would like more information about any of these queries or want to submit a response, please email Wayne Priestley.

Network queries from previous years are available on the links at the bottom of the page.

GM0718 - Parks volunteers and DBS checks - 230120

A member authority is seeking information regarding the approach other local authorities take with regards to volunteers and DBS. They are particularly interested in the following:

  • Do you DBS check volunteers
  • Do you DBS check members of Park Friends of Groups
  • Do you require contractors within parks to be DBS checked

GM0717 - Contractor push mowers - 230120

A member authority would like to receive information regarding contractor push mowers, in particular:-

1. What type of rotary petrol push mowers are being used to maintain gardens and grass verges within your Service?

2. Can you advise if the rotary machine has been proven to withstand vigorous daily use?

3. What are the vibration ratings while being used during the daily cutting activities?

4. Is there a tried and tested electric rotary push mower on the market which has been proven to withstand vigorous daily use?

5. What are the vibration rating while being used during the daily cutting activities.

6. What is the usage time and life time of a battery?

GM0716 - Local authority rewilding projects- 030120

APSE is interested to know whether any local authorities are currently implementing or considering rewilding any of their greenspaces. If so:

  • What are the types of land categories they are considering rewilding e.g. parks, brown field site, cemeteries etc.?
  • What is the size of the area they are proposing to re-wild?
  • Are there any particular objectives to the rewilding project e.g. specific species preservation or re-introduction, flood prevention, climate change alleviation etc.?
  • What level of community involvement is there?
  • How are they funding the work being undertaken?
  • Do they expect and savings or income by rewilding?


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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