Fresh shoots of hope for Manor Road Nurseries

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A major report into Scarborough Council’s Manor Road Nurseries site has recommended that the service should not be outsourced.

Since Autumn last year, a task group has been reviewing a business case which had been put forward suggesting that the council should sell the site.

The idea was met with opposition from many people, who said that the potential financial gain would not make up for the loss of such a successful, well-thought-of asset in Scarborough.

The review has featured detailed consultation with community groups such as the Friends of Manor Road Nursery and local In Bloom groups, the council’s preferred plant supplier, Aldby Field Nurseries Ltd, Scarborough Council officers and officers from other councils that already buy in plants from external suppliers and partner organisations such as Groundwork.

The report concludes that the financial business case is “not sufficient” to justify the risks of outsourcing the service.

It states that projected revenue savings of £34,000 are “relatively small” in proportion to the council’s overall budget.

The group is recommending that instead of selling the site and outsourcing the service, the council should keep the nurseries but reduce its budget by £34K.

The report also states that although selling the site would bring in money, the sum would largely be offset by the investment needed at the new depot.

The matter is up for discussion at a Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting at the Town Hall at 2pm on April 9.

The report will then be presented to the council’s Cabinet on April 23 and finally Full Council on May 13 for approval.

The document is available to view in its entirety on Scarborough Council’s website.