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Decision details

Proposed Changes towards a Sustainable Streets Ahead Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The report seeks approval from Cabinet for proposals to stabilise the Contract’s long-term performance through changes to the payment mechanism and improving the quality and consistency of the service.  The proposals include a significant annual saving to the Council for the remaining term of the Contract.

Decision:

12.1

The Interim Executive Director, Place, submitted a report seeking approval for proposals to assist the Streets Ahead Highways Maintenance Contract’s long-term performance through changes to the payment mechanism and improving the quality and consistency of the service.  The proposals include a significant annual saving to the Council for the remaining term of the Contract.

 

 

12.2

RESOLVED: That Cabinet:-

 

 

 

(a) approves the proposed changes to the Performance Requirements (Schedule 2) as set out in appendix one; and

 

(b) approves the proposed changes to the Payment Mechanism (Schedule 4) as set out in this report

 

12.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

12.3.1

The recommendations to approve the proposals within the report, realise the benefits of a sustainable Streets Ahead contract without any material change to the service delivered but a significant annual financial saving to the Council.

 

 

12.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

12.4.1

The alternative to accepting this proposal is to do nothing.  This would mean the existing Streets Ahead performance requirements would continue and the performance mechanism would not be amended to make the contract delivery more sustainable. 

 

Moreover, the Council would not get the benefit of £1.7m reduction in the unitary charge.  This saving to the Streets Ahead contract will enable the Council to invest in other front-line services as balancing the budget remains challenging.  

 

 

12.5

Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted

 

 

 

None

 

 

12.6

Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration

 

 

 

Appendices B and C of the report are not for publication by virtue of Regulation 20(2) Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 because, in the opinion of the proper officer, it contains exempt information under Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

 

12.7

Respective Director Responsible for Implementation

 

 

 

Mick Crofts, Interim Executive Director, Place

 

 

12.8

Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In

 

 

 

Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee

 

Report author: Gillian Charters

Publication date: 18/02/2021

Date of decision: 17/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

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