Procurement plan for new environmental services contract

Published: Thursday, 05 January 2017

The principles for procuring new environmental services for Northampton will be discussed at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet on January 11.

The services are currently provided on behalf of the Borough Council by Enterprise, part of the Amey group, under a contract that runs until June 2018. A new contractor will now be sought, and the Cabinet is being asked to agree the framework to allow the procurement to begin.

It is proposed that the Borough Council procures a single company to provide the entire suite of environmental services – waste, recycling, grounds maintenance, street cleansing, parks and cemeteries – for a period of ten years, with the possibility of a further ten years’ extension.

If agreed, the Borough Council will then begin a competitive procurement process, where the companies bidding for the tender will be expected to offer innovative, high quality services.

Consultation and engagement on the kind of services that people want to see in Northampton began some months ago, and is continuing.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for the Environment at Northampton Borough Council, said: “Environmental services are fundamental, everybody who lives in the borough uses them and will have an opinion on them. It is very important to us that we get this right and find a contractor who not only provides value for money, but can provide the high quality services that we expect.

“We have been asking people what they want to see from our new environmental contract and at the same time, we are asking experts to monitor the process so that we can be sure we are going about this in the best way that will support us in finding the right provider for Northampton. People can continue to make their views known by filling in our online survey and we will continue to report back on progress as we go through this process.”

The online survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nbcenvironment