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• Eastbourne Borough Council has become the first local authority in the country to win back a waste disposal contract from a private contractor.
The council's Borough Services division has secured the town's refuse and cleansing contract with a tender of 2.15 million — five years after it had been awarded to Exclusive Cleansing.
The contract covers refuse collection, street sweeping and general cleaning. The provision of new vehicles was included in the tender price.
Twenty vehicles have been acquired by the fleet management section of the works division of Borough Services. They will be hired to the newly-formed Cleansing Division when it becomes operational on April 1.
Nine Dennis Phoenix Refuse Freighters 2M 12s have just been delivered by Dennis Eagle of Warwick. These are joined by five Ford Transit 190 chassis cabs and one Ford Cargo 0813 chassis cab — all fitted with Transtrend Litterpress equipment — one Ford Cargo 1311 chassis cab fitted with Johnston 400 series road sweeping equipment, one Scarab Minor Sweeper, one Johnston Sweeprnaster SM1800 precinct sweeper and two Ford Escort Popular vans.
All Exclusive Cleansing staff who wanted to join the new Borough Services operation have been able to do so and, under the terms of the new contract, they will benefit from a profit-sharing scheme.
Borough Services' general manager, David Ashby says that his team was looking forward to getting on with the job: "We are determined to provide the standard of service our customers have a right to expect," he says.