Grounds Contract Update



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Some of you will be aware that the SSE Grounds & Landscape Service's current grounds maintenance provider, Deane Open Spaces (formally Deane DLO), have been undergoing a transformation process while the merger between Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council takes place.

One of the outcomes of this has been that some grounds operatives have chosen to take voluntary redundancy and will be leaving the employment of Deane Open Spaces over the next few weeks (some have already left).

Unfortunately, we have been made aware of some incidents where existing staff have passed on incorrect information to schools about Deane Open Spaces ability to service the contract through to completion.

Deane Open Spaces contract with SSE runs up until the end of August 2019 and they have committed to services the contract in full up until that date. Existing grounds staff from other areas of the business have received additional training and undergone DBS checks to support the delivery while a recruitment process for permanent replacements is underway.

Please rest assured that there is no need to start looking for alternative suppliers as the SSE Grounds & Landscape team will ensure the contract is delivered in full until the termination date.

A competitive procurement process is already underway to provide a new grounds maintenance service from 1st September and schools will receive regular updates in this as the process moves forward.

If you have any queries relating to this or your current contract, please contact the Grounds & Landscape team via email grounds@somerset.gov.uk

Contact Details

Chris Winn

Grounds & Landscape Service

grounds@somerset.gov.uk ‚Äč

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Created at 25/01/2019 13:11 by Ben Martin
Last modified at 25/01/2019 13:11 by Ben Martin