Norwich City Council has formally started the process of bringing a number of services back in-house by serving notice on its environmental services contract with Norwich Norse Environmental (NNE).
Norse has delivered services across Norwich in recent years however, the council has stated taking back the management of these services will give it “more autonomy” over its future, and as a result has served 18 months’ notice on NNE to end the £6.75 million deal.
These services which include street cleaning and grounds maintenance will move back under council control on 1 April 2021.
This is one of a number of joint venture arrangements the city council has with Norse which also includes Norwich Norse Building and NPS Norwich. No formal decision has been made regarding the remaining services but the council anticipates they will run to term (2022).
Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “We have always been committed to our plans to bring back these services, as it will give us greater control and flexibility over how they are delivered.
“During the process of transfer, our priority is to limit any impact on staff and service delivery, and that means we have and will continue to take the necessary time to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible.
“We plan to adopt a phased approach to bringing back our services, which will allow us to dedicate the necessary time to each transition. Having fully considered all the options available, we think this is the most responsible way of carrying out this process.”