Pinnacle nets Dartford jobs

Contractor Pinnacle PSG has met Dartford Borough Council's requirement that three-quarters of its workforce needs to be qualified or working towards a minimum of NVQ level 1 in amenity horticulture or another relevant subject to secure two five-year contracts.

The firm will maintain the public areas around all of the council's public housing, parks and amenity sites and provide an out-of-hours emergency support service. All team leaders also need to be trained to NVQ level 2 and the contract manager to level 3.

The £500,000-a-year grounds maintenance contract will see the company look after the public areas around more than 4,000 rented homes, 402 leaseholder properties and 14 supported housing schemes, mainly in the Bean, Swanscombe and Dartford areas of Kent. The parks and amenity contract involves grass cutting, shrub bed, hedge and minor tree maintenance, weed and moss control and litter picking.

Pinnacle PSG has been providing estate cleaning services to the council for the past 12 months. All staff working on the previous contract, mostly local people, have been offered jobs with Pinnacle PSG on their existing conditions.

Pinnacle PSG associate director facilities management Matthew Walker said: "We were able to show the council that we could meet its full specification at a price that demonstrated extremely good value for money. We have built up a good working relationship with it over the past year and the response we get from residents about our performance has always been excellent."

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