Posted: 23/03/11 by Bank Brokers UK Ltd
Improved recycling collections, improved street cleaning regimes and ‘hit teams’ to improve the response to problems will all be part of the new environmental services provided under a new, joint contract in Daventry District and Northampton Borough.
Daventry District Council and Northampton Borough Council are working together in a ground-breaking partnership to contract out frontline environmental services to a private partner, both to make significant financial savings and to improve those services.
The project, which has been 18 months in the planning, will see those services provided by preferred bidder Enterprise Managed Services Ltd.
While the process of agreeing the contractual commitments is still continuing and the contract has not yet been signed, both local authorities have been able to reveal some early and outline details of the new service standards. Enterprise Managed Services Ltd will work across geographical boundaries but will be responding to the different needs of each neighbourhood and community.
The new service will see brown, garden waste bins collected fortnightly in Northampton Borough rather than monthly, as at present. Brown bins in Daventry District will continue to be collected on a fortnightly basis. There will be an appointment system for the collection of garden waste for customers in both areas who currently use black or blue sacks for their domestic waste and who don’t have room for a wheeled bin and moves to improve the collection of textiles and bulky waste.
A ‘grot spot’ helpline is being set up to allow people to report problem areas that will be swiftly tackled and there will be new, deep-cleansing regimes to make real improvements in Daventry and Northampton, particularly in the town centres.
Other measures included in the new contract are:
- Assisted collections for people who cannot get their bins to the kerb, where these do not currently exist
- Communal recycling for flats where that does not currently exist
- Neighbourhood meetings giving local people the opportunity to give their views directly to the contractor
- A new, efficient fleet of waste collection vehicles
- Improvements to parks and cemeteries and building upon joint working with local community groups to attain national recognition, such as Green Flag awards
Councillor Trini Crake, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the environment, said: “These are just a very few of the improvements to services that we will be able to deliver through this new contract. Our hardworking staff have always delivered a good service but through economies of scale, we will see improved efficiency, and real improvements in things like the collection of recycling and the cleanliness of footpaths. We are expecting to see significantly improved services at a reduced cost and a real difference in dealing with the issues that really affect people’s quality of life.”
Councillor Daniel Cribbin, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “This new contract will offer real, tangible improvements to the services that residents receive. Not only will it reduce costs and enhance quality, but also involves significant investment, to carry out these improvements, such as a new fleet of waste collection vehicles, all at no extra cost to the taxpayer. Although in Daventry District recycling rates are already very good, the new arrangements will help us to build on this further as we will be able to collect more types of recyclable materials from households. It will also allow us to enhance our performance in other areas such as street cleaning, to make our environment a cleaner and greener place to live.”
Both Councils will be working closely with Enterprise Managed Services in the coming months on the operational details of the new contract, to enable service changes to be made this summer.