New business set up to clean up the borough

22 July 2016 in Business and Environment
A proposal for a new street cleansing business set to revolutionise how the borough’s roads are cleaned was agreed at Cabinet this week (Thursday 21 July).

Mayor and members gave their backing to the creation of a local council-owned small business based on co-operative principles.

The proposal is for part of the council’s street cleansing and estates management  service to  be externalised. The new approach  will also deliver gully cleansing  and remove large fly tips across the borough.

The enterprise will focus on the southern part of the borough and  proposes to deliver its operations in seven wards, Plaistow North, Plaistow South, Canning Town North, Canning Town South, Custom House, Beckton and Royal Docks.

Earlier this year, as part of the Mayor’s New Deal for the Environment, the council committed to providing a better quality, local street cleansing and estates management service that is more responsive to what people in each neighbourhood want.

The new approach  will be better able to deliver this and make a significant contribution to the future savings the council has to make.

Initially the proposal is for the council  to be the main customer for this new venture and in future, the business will seek to attract contracts from the private sector.

Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham, said: “Our small business programme is the radical and unique way in which we are changing our services to provide a better, fairer deal for residents.

“We are playing an active role in creating businesses to serve our community – ensuring they reflect our values and retain strong links to the local area. We are giving staff the opportunity to design and have a stake in the businesses they work for.

“This new business will be able will deliver street cleansing and estates management in a way that supports our  aspiration to become a commissioning council.  It will deliver high quality, customer focussed services that can compete and succeed on the open market.”