New service contracts for the county commenced this week (September 1) after Herefordshire Council announced in July it would be awarding new contracts for its highways and streets services, building cleaning services and building repairs and maintenance services.
The council undertook major procurements earlier this year to deliver new contracts for 1 September. The council spends over £20million per annum on this wide range of services and this project is scheduled to deliver savings of £2.4m as part of its overall plan to save money and manage reduced budgets.
The most noticeable change will be the roll out of the new Public Realm Services Contract with Balfour Beatty Living Places who are now providing the county’s highways maintenance and improvement, street lighting, traffic signals, street cleaning, parks and public rights of way, design services and fleet maintenance.
People will begin to see the new vehicles around the county this week. Public contact and reporting details remain the same and can be found on the council’s website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
The other major contracts to be awarded are building repairs and maintenance which will be provided by Integral UK Limited and building cleaning services which was awarded to Initial Facilities Services. Both these contracts will be for an initial three year term.
Cllr Harry Bramer, cabinet member for major contracts said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce that these important service contracts to Balfour Beatty Living Places, Integral UK Limited and Initial Facilities Services have all started on time.
“These contracts are important to the county as we seek to make savings in all our major contracts and work to improve roads and streets services, reduce property management costs and ensure our buildings are efficient to run and fit for purpose”.