The contract for cleaning the 40 public loos across Tendring – including Brightlingsea’s – has been taken in-house by Tendring District Council to provide a high quality efficient service.
Tendring District Council (TDC) took over the job after a four-year contract with Mitie Cleaning Environmental came to an end. The council has taken on 10 of the company’s staff to carry out the work. Having used four different contractors and suppliers over the past eight years, the council said it was becoming increasingly difficult to find large firms to give continuity.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, said: “Mitie no longer considered that the current arrangement was cost effective and wanted to end it unless there was a considerable increase in the fee.” It’s estimated the cost to the council will be around £220,000 per year against the £300,000 outside firms were looking for.
Mr Turner added: “Cleanliness and hygiene is the single most important element of public convenience provision and I am delighted this will now be carried out by our own staff. They can also be used as a shared resource within the council, enabling other efficiencies to take place.”
The team are specialist professional cleaners, fully equipped and trained in deep cleaning and other techniques, and will be able to deal quickly with vandalism and other issues.
Picture shows new TDC staff Ray Gibbs, Paul Smith, Kathleen Lawless, Adrian Lawless and Eddie Brown with TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, Nick Turner, and TDC Technical Officer Andy Nepean (second right).
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