Big response to environmental services consultation

Published: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Almost 8,000 people responded to Northampton Borough Council’s consultation that will help shape the future of environmental services in the borough.

In December, the Council wrote to every household in the Borough, asking them to share their views and help shape the new environmental service as part of a review and procurement of a new contract.

And now 8,000 people have taken up the opportunity to have their say on the new contract that will deliver waste, recycling, street cleaning, park maintenance and other important services.

The services are currently provided for the Borough Council by Enterprise, part of the Amey group, under a contract that runs until June 2018.

Two other rounds of consultation have also taken place with a series of meetings held with residents groups, parish councils and Friends of Parks Groups followed by an independent survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, who held face to face interviews with a sample of one thousand residents. The Council’s Portfolio holder has also been attending various community meetings to get the direct feedback, views and suggestions of local residents. 

All the views expressed will now be analysed, and the results provided to companies who bid for the new contract to help inform their proposals as the process of procuring a new provider begins with the issuing of a tender document.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said:  “We have had a really great response to this consultation and it shows have very strongly people feel about these important services and the impact they have on the life of the town.

“We are very grateful to everyone who took part and I can assure them that their views will be taken into account as we move forward through a tender process and look to find the best quality service within the budget available for the people of Northampton.”