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Partnership set to save cash

SOLIHULL Council has joined forces with two neighbouring authorities for its highway services - a move which hopes to make joint savings of £1m a year.

SOLIHULL Council has joined forces with two neighbouring authorities for its highway services - a move which hopes to make joint savings of £1m a year.

Solihull Council, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have jointly employed contractor Balfour Beatty for their highways work.

The councils can use the contract to provide services like pot hole repairs, resurfacing, street lighting and traffic calming measures.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “This partnership demonstrates how, by working together, local authorities can achieve the best possible services for their residents and at the same time, bring in savings to the council taxpayer.”

Terry Woodhouse, managing director at Balfour Beatty Living Places, added: “We are delighted to be working with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in this innovative, first of its kind contract. We are dedicated to delivering an effective, efficient, sustainable and customer focused highways service for the whole area.”

The agreement comes into effect in 2013, with the new contractor working from a base in each area.

 

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