Many consider that the quality of sports and landscaping provision has fallen since the introduction of compulsory ...
Many consider that the quality of sports and landscaping provision has fallen since the introduction of compulsory competitive tendering, reported Horticulture Week (24 April, p7).
At the recent Hawksmere grounds maintenance conference, 73% of delegates said that there had been a deterioration in the quality of provision across the industry as a result of legislation. Almost half of the participants, from both the public and private sector, felt that CCT was the main culprit, though the Environmental Protection Act, constant budget cuts, local management of schools and lack of training were also blamed.
It was acknowledged that CCT had provided some benefits, such as better value for money and better information on the value of the work, but it was noted that savings were not always put back into the service.