Who will run our wardens service?
SEFTON Council is searching for a firm to take over its parking warden service – and tackle dog fouling and offer directions.
The current contract ends on March 31 next year, and, from then, traffic wardens will be given a host of new responsibilities.
This will include extending their powers to tackle littering and dog fouling offences, as well as parking violations.
They will also take on ambassadorial roles to offer advice on issues including directions and public transport, and will be responsible for reporting issues and hazards to the council.
The new deal will also have a greater emphasis on the quality of the service, compared to its cost.
Council documents say the current contract was awarded on the basis of a 70% cost/30% quality split. The new one will be split on the lines of 40% cost/60% quality.
Sefton Council will award a five-year contract for the services, either with the existing firm on different terms or with a new company.
Plans to give traffic wardens more powers were first suggested last year in a report from Sefton Council’s head of regulation and compliance, Jill Coule, which said: “The new contract will emphasise not only the car park enforcement requirements but the responsi- bility to enforce for a range of environmental offences. This step, it is anticipated, will have a positive impact on the general experience of the Sefton environment.
“The quality element of the tender will be of greater importance, due to the ambassadorial role that the contractor will be asked to undertake.”
From next year, traffic wardens will be given more responsibilities than just tackling parking violations