A JOINT maintenance contract is set to save councils in North Devon around £2 million over the next eight years.
North Devon Council, Torridge District Council, Barnstaple Town Council, Devon County Council and North Devon Homes have joined forces and signed up to a new £630,000 contract with ISS Facility Services Landscaping.
The contract will include all the grass cutting, hedge trimming, shrub maintenance, cemetery works, burials, play area maintenance and tree works throughout Torridge and North Devon until 2021.
Deputy Leader of Torridge Roger Johnson said joint working had to be the way forward for local authorities.
He said: “It gives us greater bargaining power and means a better deal for our residents without compromising on the quality of the service.
“All of the partners were pro-actively involved and committed to the whole process, from writing the specification to evaluating the tender submissions.”
North Devon Council’s Executive Member responsible for parks, Councillor Derrick Spear, said: “This represents a significant saving for all the councils at a time when local authorities are having to make tough budget decisions in the face of government cutbacks.”
Phil Jones, Managing Director of ISS Facility Services Landscaping, said he was delighted to secure the contract.
He said: “ISS has over 30 years’ experience in partnering and we continue to work with our clients to find joint solutions to the challenges which are facing many local authorities today.”
ISS will be take over the grounds maintenance works from April 1.