Who will run our wardens ser­vice?

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - Flickr.com/groups/scenebyyou BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

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

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