Corby and Kettering Borough Councils are very pleased to be introducing their new shared street scene service which goes live from the 4th February 2019.
For the last 14 years Corby’s street scene services have been contracted out to external contractors, Kier Services Environmental, however in order to achieve a consistent high performance and better value for money, Corby Borough Council made a decision to make a change in how they deliver this service to residents.
Kettering Borough Council has a long standing in-house service which presents good value for money, high levels of customer satisfaction and is nationally recognised as a high performer across the whole street scene service, which includes refuse and recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance. Therefore a joint service, delivered over one combined geographical operating area to include all of Corby and Kettering Borough was considered a good strategic fit with both organisations.
The shared service will provide a wide range of benefits including cost savings which would have been incurred via the procurement process, increased value for money, increased capacity, resilience, control, more specialist technical support, increased opportunities across both combined services for external income generation, an increased ability to achieve service innovation and improved agility to respond to change.
Residents will not see any service disruptions on the 4th February and collection days etc. will remain the same on this date. However they will start to see brand new fleet and equipment being deployed on Corby’s element of service to replace vehicles previously operated by Kier which in some cases were up to 10 years old.
Councillor Mark Pengelly, Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Corby Member on the Shared Service Joint Committee Said:
‘We are very pleased to begin operating our new shared street scene service throughout Corby and Kettering and excited to see the benefits this joint working will bring with it. Our teams have been working extremely hard to get us to this point and we are keen to show how working together can really provide high quality services to our residents in both Boroughs.’
Councillor Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment said:
“We are proud to be working jointly on this shared service with Corby Borough Council which should see benefits to the residents in both areas.”
Customers will be able to contact their street scene team through the normal channels which remain the One Stop Shop and the Street Scene Hotline 01536 464242 for Corby and Customer Services 01536 410333 for Kettering.