£50,000 to monitor bin and grass team

Daventry District Council (DDC) has agree to spend more than £50,000 on monitoring the contract the authority has for bins, grass cutting and other environmental services.

The money, an extra £53,000 in total, will help the council keep a closer eye on the deal it has with Amey, which bought out Enterprise which holds the environmental services contract. It was agreed at a meeting of DDC’s full council at its Lodge Road offices on Thursday last week.

Amey is responsible for cutting grass, grounds maintenance in the town, looking after Daventry Country Park as well as collecting bins and recycling.

A spokesman for the council said: “The money is for additional staffing and to enable the council to monitor effectively the contract it has for environmental services with Amey.”

The decision will see changes to the business team at DDC which is designed principally to improve knowledge of, and capacity to manage, environmental services. Cllr Wendy Randall, leader of the Labour group on DDC said: “I voted against the proposal because I don’t feel the money should be spent on that.

“I think it is Amey that should be providing the extra money to manage and deal with the complaints that are coming in around the town.

“I went on a walkabout around the estate and I have seen bins that are overflowing and the grass is getting exceptionally long.

“I am worried the town is going to go back to where it was before.”