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East Lancashire councils working together to cut costs
10:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
DEALS for shared services - and costs - are being signed as town halls tighten their belts across East Lancashire.
Hyndburn Council is in the driving seat for three partnerships - mainly with their opposite numbers in Rossendale - for functions such as pest control, emergency planning and waste, recycling and transport management.
The Accrington-based authority will also battle wasp infestations and cockroach outbreaks for neighbouring Rossendale and Burnley, and at county council premises across all three boroughs.
Councillors have been told that Burnley and Rossendale had found it increasingly difficult to recruit trained pest control experts.
For their expertise, Hyndburn Council stand to gain around £35,000 annually, for an initial two-year deal, covering rodents, wasps, bees, ants, fleas, bedbugs and most other insects.
Elsewhere, Hyndburn is also set to step in to manage Rossendale’s waste, recycling and transport, following the resignation of the latter’s operations manager.
Extra training is being offered so that a Hyndburn official can oversee Rossendale’s waste transfer function. Vehicle repairs could also be carried out at either Rossendale’s depot at Henrietta Street, Bacup, or Hyndburn’s in Library Street, Accrington.
Around £35,000 would again be generated through the arrangement.
Tony Akrigg, Hyndburn’s head of environmental partnerships, said in an executive report: “The Government is encouraging local authorities to develop more creative and effective ways of working and the development of joint working also fits within this agenda.”
Another joint area being explored is the provision by Hyndburn of an emergency planning officer for Rossendale, in return for a £9,000 management fee.
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