Councils to take delivery of new vehicle fleet after merger of services
Kettering Borough Council and Corby Borough Council are to
take delivery of a new 35-strong vehicle fleet after merging their waste,
recycling, grounds and cleansing services to residents.
As part of the merger, Corby’s current service, which has
been outsourced for more than 10 years, will be brought back in-house.
Kettering will be the lead authority for the new shared service.
Contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet
Services Ltd (SFS), will be providing the new fleet, which comprises 35
vehicles including vans, refuse trucks, recycling vehicles, sweepers and tipper
Brendan Coleman, head of environmental care, Kettering
Borough Council, said: “Merging our services in this way means that we can
share resources and ultimately provide better value for money to local
residents across both areas. We are confident that the implementation of a new,
fit for purpose fleet, in Corby will lead to immediate service improvements in
SFS has been Kettering Borough Council’s vehicle partner for
more than 15 years and is now set to continue working with the authority for an
additional nine years. There are two years remaining on the current seven-year
contract, which comprises vehicle provision, maintenance and workshop
management, and that has been extended for a further seven years.
Mr Coleman added: “We have been working with SFS for many
years and it has always impressed us with its responsiveness and
professionalism. It has the right combination of expertise in vehicle
provision, maintenance and workshop management, and it has consistently
provided us with cost and efficiency savings.”
Bob Sweetland, managing director, SFS, said: “It is fantastic
news that Kettering Borough Council has extended its contract with us; the
fourth time it has done so since we started working together. We look forward
to working with both councils to help them optimise their fleet to deliver the
best possible services to residents.”