Residents in Corby and Kettering will be seeing fresh new fleet vehicles on the roads following the launch of Corby and Kettering Borough Councils’ street scene shared service.
The new shared service, which launched earlier this month, will provide an improved street scene service to residents, starting with new vehicles to replace those previously operated by Kier, which in some cases were 10 years old. There are now 35 new vehicles in operation, which are branded with Corby and Kettering logos along with ‘Working Together’. The type of vehicles include:
- 11 new Refuse and Recycling Collection Vehicles (including food waste)
- 3 new Mechanical Sweepers
- 15 new Caged Tipper Vehicles
All new refuse and recycling lorries are fitted with special software, BARTEC collective, which will provide real time information on missed bins, bins which haven’t been left out for collection, contaminated, damaged and overweight bins, all leading to a noticeably improved service for residents.
Councillor Mark Pengelly, Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Corby Member on the Shared Service Joint Committee Said:
‘I’m pleased that the new vehicles are now in operation, allowing residents to see a visual change in our new improved service. I look forward to continuing the work with Kettering Borough Council to provide a high quality street scene service to residents in both boroughs.’
Councillor Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment said:
‘We are delighted to be working with Corby Borough Council to benefit our residents, both as service users and as council tax payers. I’m looking forward to seeing the new vehicles out and about as the new joint street scene service commences.'
Customers can contact their street scene team through the normal channels which remain the One Stop Shop and the Street Scene Hotline 01536 464 242 for Corby and Customer Services 01536 410 333 for Kettering.
Notes to Editors:
For the last 14 years, up until Monday 4th February, Corby’s street scene services were 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.