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VICTORY AFTER SIX YEARS FOR BINMEN

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Stockton-on-Tees BC has finally awarded a contract to its own binmen after a six-year wait. ...
Stockton-on-Tees BC has finally awarded a contract to its own binmen after a six-year wait.

The original contracting process started in 1990, but the government ordered a re-run after the lowest private sector tenderer in the first round of bidding was judged to be too 'under-resourced' to carry out the work.

A private company awarded the contract in the second round quickly pulled out over concerns about comparable pensions, a council spokeswoman said.

The in-house team beat off two private bidders to win the contact in August. However, it then had to wait a further month for ministerial approval for the deal.

A bland letter from the government office for the north- east brought the epic contracting round to an end last week.

Contracting services head Ken Lupton said: 'This is great news for our refuse team. They have continued to provide a quality service despite all the years of uncertainty.'

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