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NORTH YORKS ROAD SERVICES TO BE PRIVATISED

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North Yorkshire CC is poised to privatise its contracting unit responsible for highways and winter maintenance. ...
North Yorkshire CC is poised to privatise its contracting unit responsible for highways and winter maintenance.

The move, which would affect more than 350 county workers, has been approved in principle by councillors following a report from consultant KPMG.

KPMG recommended that North Yorkshire externalise the contracting unit through a trade sale, accompanied by a partnering agreement.

Mike Moore, North Yorkshire's environmental services director, said: 'This is a very successful part of our operation which has in the past made substantial profits for the county council -£750,000 in the last financial year.

'However, a downturn in business, including the loss of the trunk road maintenance contract and the reduced highways maintenance expenditure over the past four years, has meant the whole unit coming under review.'

The council will consult staff and unions before a further report is considered by members in October. If the move is given final approval, the unit could be privatised by April 2001.

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