'Taxpayers money has been wasted' - Sheffield Council to bring car park cleaning contract back in house after two years

Wellington Street car park is one of 35 under the contract
Wellington Street car park is one of 35 under the contract
0
Have your say

Sheffield Council are set to bring a car park cleaning contract back in house saving thousands of pounds.

But opposition councillors said the council had 'wasted' around '£80,000' over two years after a report stated the authority could save the thousands if they did it themselves.

Lib Dem leader on Sheffield Council Coun Shaffaq Mohammed

Lib Dem leader on Sheffield Council Coun Shaffaq Mohammed

A council spokesman told The Star the authority had to outsource the work to a private firm back in August 2014 as they didn't have enough staff to meet required standards.

But now the council are said to have enough workers to bring the contract back in house.

Parking Services have the responsibility to clean 35 car parks across the city and the contract covers daily removal and disposal of waste from the surface of the parking area and around the peripheries of the car park. It also includes cleaning of the pay & display machines and signs.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for transport & infrastructure said: "“We have been able to identify a saving for residents in Sheffield by ensuring that our environmental services staff have the capacity to carry out the car park cleaning contract. This wasn’t possible two years ago when we appointed the then-contractor through a fair and competitive tendering process."

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Lib Dems leader on Sheffield Council said: “Yet again the incompetence of our Labour run Council has meant taxpayer money has been wasted. Whilst Labour continue to cut vital community services, money is been squandered because of poorly negotiated contracts.

“This decision is not subject to scrutiny, meaning our leadership will not learn and costly mistakes like this will continue to happen."