A 2,200 signature petition against plans to cut two jobs at Walsall Arboretum led to a debate at full council. Campaigners issued a call to protect the jobs at the arboretum.
There are two jobs at risk after the council announced a plan to introduce a new integrated team based off-site to manage green spaces.
Walsall Labour tabled a motion calling for the planned staffing changes to be halted by the Walsall Council cabinet.
The motion was tabled by Councillors Aftab Nawaz (St Matthews), Khizar Hussain (Pleck), Matt Ward (Blakenall), Harbans Sarohi (Pleck), Farhana Mazhar (St Matthews), Hajran Bashir (Palfrey) and Richard Worrall (Rushall-Shelfield).
The Walsall Arboretum User Group’s efforts were praised by Walsall Labour Group Leader Councillor Aftab Nawaz.
He said: “The arboretum has been used for generations. It is part of Walsall life and it will be a tragedy if it is impacted by these cuts.”
Walsall Council announced that the proposed changes to public health lifestyle contracts, sports and leisure development and clean and green teams would make almost £400,000 worth of potential savings.
The motion was debated by councillors, and was then put to a vote in the council chamber. The outcome of the vote was that the motion was defeated following the Walsall Conservatives voting down the proposals.
This means that the Walsall’s “Jewel in the Crown” faces the real prospect of these two jobs within the Arboretum being lost.
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