The contracts for these services were originally agreed in 2003 and are now coming to the end of their ten-year term.
Herefordshire’s partnership with Amey has been in place since 2006 and this has successfully improved the standard of service and delivered savings.
The council is currently undertaking a programme of “Root and Branch” reviews - these are intended to be a fundamental re-think about which services should be commissioned to meet the needs and priorities of Herefordshire’s local communities.
As an early result of this programme, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has yesterday, Thursday, July 12, agreed to begin the process to re-procure the services currently provided through the Amey partnership.
A major procurement exercise will now take place over the next 12 months which will result in new contracts for these services. However, until the new contracts are in place, it’s business as normal with Amey maintaining responsibility for delivering the full range of services throughout the procurement process.
Cllr John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: ‘We would like to thank Amey for its continued commitment to service delivery.
“This has been a productive relationship for the county which has over recent years seen substantial investment in maintaining and improving the county’s infrastructure.
“After ten years, it’s now the right time to re-procure these arrangements and our Root and Branch review programme will ensure we put in place arrangements for the future that will deliver the best possible services and value for money to the people of Herefordshire.’
Mel Ewell, chief executive of Amey plc, said: “Amey has been working with Herefordshire Council for six years and, in partnership with the council, we have delivered savings of £4.5 million as well as directly supporting the Council’s wider social agenda including employing 30 apprentices.
“We will actively engage with the forthcoming procurement process with a view to continuing this relationship to deliver quality services that meet the current and future needs of the people of Herefordshire.”