The continuing cuts to local government are now reaching the point where local authorities are in danger of becoming insolvent. This was predicted at the time of the graph of doom debate long ago, and has been predicted since.
It is now affecting all areas of Council services, of which parks are merely the latest example.
What surprises me is that not only did Ministers literally plan the break down in local government, but even now they seem to be devoting more time to avoiding blame for it than staving it off. The well publicised Surrey buy out shows that the Tories continue to favour the areas where Cabinet Minister sits, but will do nothing for the wider local government crisis.