The local authority conceded gracefully four years ago when private company, Continental Landscapes Ltd, were awarded the grounds maintenance contract which covers the Radcliffe, Whitefield and southern areas of Bury.
The result was the transfer of council staff to the company and since then they have carried out the service.
Now though, after careful study and consideration of tenders submitted for a new contract, Bury Metro's competition sub-committee has decided to award it in-house. From January 1, 1999, the local authority will resume the grounds maintenance for the area concerned. The contract will run for four years.
said: 'Including the in-house team there were a total of three bids put in for the contract. We are duty bound to select the one which provides the best quality at the most acceptable and realistic price to the borough. After careful scrutiny and assessing all the information provided, we are convinced that this was made by the local authority in-house team.'
Competitive services committee chair Tony Isherwood added: 'We
were obviously very disappointed four years ago when we lost this contract, especially as we had never lost one before. However, we made it clear then, that when it came up for renewal, we would be back in the running. I am pleased that the council has once again won the right to serve its own local community. I hope that everyone will join me in congratulating the team on their success and wish them well for the next four years. As always we will strive to provide the best and most accountable service possible.'
The council is also to continue to clean public buildings around the
borough after the in-house team were again awarded that contact. It is for five years and will commence in January of next year.