North East Lincolnshire looks at outsourcing grounds maintenance

North East Lincolnshire Borough Council is looking at "alternative delivery" models for its grounds maintenance services, currently held in house.

Park bench. Image: MorgueFile
Park bench. Image: MorgueFile

A prior information notice issued in August said moves were being considered to "transform" the council "into being a more commissioning, enabling and facilitating organisation, focused on creating the right conditions for individuals, communities and businesses to prosper".

Inhouse functions being considered for "alternative delivery" include grounds maintenance and parks, street cleaning, litter and dog-fouling enforcement, dealing with stray dogs, untidy gardens and land, and waste collection.

The council is calling on interested organisations to participate in a market consultation and complete a questionnaire,which can be downloaded via using the reference 9YVA-KFMNYO. A non-compulsory provider meeting will also be held on 1 or 2 September.

Consulting would help it make informed decisions on "how best to re-provide these services in future at a lower cost and to maximise commercial opportunities, generating additional income". No options have been ruled out at this stage for what the new model might look like.

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