Partnerships boost performance

Published

18th January 2018

A PAIR OF partnerships that have consistently delivered better road maintenance and street lighting in Dundee could be extended.

The current three year deals with Tayside Contracts are due to run out in March and councillors will be asked to extend these to a five year run ending in 2023.

Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Since the inception of the Road Maintenance Partnership and the Street Lighting Partnership we have made considerable savings while continuing to improve the level of service to the people of Dundee.

“According to the most recent statistics from 2016/17 the condition of our road network remains in the top half of Scottish local council areas, while our street lighting performs to a similarly high level.

“Our lights are the most reliable of any Scottish city with the fewest reported lighting faults while we annually consume the least amount of electricity per street light with the lowest CO² emissions of any Scottish city.

“This impressive performance is in no small way the result of the close working relationships that have grown up through the two partnerships.”

Roads in Dundee are maintained jointly by Dundee City Council and Tayside Contracts as the Roads Maintenance Partnership.

Its work is monitored and compared with national standards and based on 77 key performance indicators.

The on-going successful street lighting partnership between the council and Tayside Contracts repairs and maintains more than 24,000 street lights in Dundee.

A five year term for each of the partnerships will bring them into line with the period of the current Council Service Plan.

If the city development committee, which meets on Monday (January 22), backs the move both partnerships will continue to work with local and national bodies to deliver the Scottish Government’s objective of increasing partnership working in line with its Efficient Government agenda.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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