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 firstname.lastname@example.org