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Major service contracts roll out across Herefordshire
11:33am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
New service contracts for the county commenced yesterday for those looking after the county's highways, buildings and streets.
Herefordshire Council undertook major procurements earlier this year to deliver the new contracts with the local authority spending more than £20million each year on these services.
The council says that the new agreement will save £2.4m as part of its overall plan to reduce budgets.
The most noticeable change will be the roll out of the new Public Realm Services Contract with Balfour Beatty Living Places.
Balfour is now looking after the county’s highways maintenance, street lighting, traffic signals, street cleaning, parks and public rights of way, design services and fleet maintenance.
People will begin to see the new vehicles around the county this week.
The other major contracts to be awarded are building repairs and maintenance, which will be provided by Integral UK Limited, and building cleaning services, which was awarded to Initial Facilities Services.
Both these contracts will be for an initial three year term.
Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for major contracts said: “These contracts are important to the county as we seek to make savings in all our major contracts and work to improve roads and streets services, reduce property management costs and ensure our buildings are efficient to run and fit for purpose.”
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