COUN­CIL CAN­CELS AMEY CON­TRACT

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Peterborough City Coun­cil are set to ter­mi­nate their waste con­tract with Amey in a bid to save £100,000 ev­ery year. The plans are part of the lat­est bud­get pro­pos­als, which will be re­leased this week.

A 23 year, multi-mil­lion pound con­tract was signed with En­ter­prise in 2011 and that com­pany was bought out byAmeyin2013. How­ever, the coun­cil would not have to pay any ex­tra money to ter­mi­nate the con­tract early af­ter both par­ties agreed the deal, un­like au­thor­i­ties in other ar­eas of the coun­try which have ter­mi­nated sim­i­lar deals.

The con­tract saw A me yd eliv­er­ing house­hold waste and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, street clean­ing, prop­erty de­sign and grounds main­te­nance.

It has not yet been de­ter­mined how ser­vices will be pro­vided, but it is likely to bea joint ven­ture part­ner­ship with a pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Gav­inElsey, Peterborough City Coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for waste and street scene, said: “There are no pro­posed job losses.

“We want to thank Amey for what they have done, but we think we can make sav­ings do­ing it an­other way.

“We want to im­prove the re­cy­cling rates in the city, which can be a ma­jor source of money. We also be­lieve we can make more money from the build­ing ser­vices of­fered, an­dother com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

“The coun­cil is in a very dif­fer­ent fi­nan­cial po­si­tion than it was when the orig­i­nal con­tract was signed, so we had to look at what we can do bet­ter .”

Cabi­net will be asked to agree to con­sult on the pro­posal to ter­mi­nate the Amey con­tract, and other bud­get pro­pos­als at its meet­ing on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 6. Res­i­dents can­take part in the con­sul­ta­tion from 5pm on Fri­day Jan­uary 27 by vis­it­ing www. pe­ter­bor ough .gov.u k/bud­get.

Cllr Gavin Elsey and coun­cil leader John Holdich with the city’s street clean-up team

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