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Crystal Palace Park loses rangers in council cuts

Adam Jenkins protested when Bromley Council first made their proposals for park rangers in February

Adam Jenkins protested when Bromley Council first made their proposals for park rangers in February

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One of the borough's largest and most historic parks has lost its park rangers after councillors agreed to axe the service.

Park rangers at Crystal Palace Park warned it would be less secure and the community would suffer as a result of the move, approved at a meeting on Thursday.

Ranger Adam Jenkins said: “Apart from Down House, Crystal Palace Park is Bromley’s most historic and largest tourist attraction.

“This will mean less work with schools and less work with the community. Security will be impacted.”

In a move aimed at saving £300,000 annually, the council is cutting staff from 46 to 39 full-time posts.

It will have a single parks ranger team operating across all parks and open spaces rather than each one having its own.

The rangers received letters on Monday telling them they would have to re-apply for their jobs within a week.

Mr Jenkins added: “There is bad feeling. It has been a long and difficult journey to get to here. We still don’t know where we would be based if we get out jobs back.”

Environment councillor Colin Smith said: “We will continue to maintain and improve our parks and open spaces in spite of the difficult decisions we have to take.

“We are facing unprecedented financial pressures. We are working to minimise the impact and are hopeful that any compulsory redundancies can be contained to very low single figures.”

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