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Proposed Changes towards a Sustainable Streets Ahead Contract

18/02/2021 - Proposed Changes towards a Sustainable Streets Ahead Contract


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.




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



Reasons for Decision




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.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




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.  




Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted








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Appendices B and C of the report are not for publication by virtue of Regulation 20(2) Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 because, in the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.




Respective Director Responsible for Implementation




Mick Crofts, Interim Executive Director, Place




Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In




Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee