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Councils to take delivery of new vehicle fleet after merger of services

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 trucks.

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 the area.”

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.”