Decision details

Replacement Mini-Sweeper

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Director of Neighbourhoods and Development presented a report seeking approval to increase the capital expenditure allocated for the replacement mini sweeper in the 2018/2019 capital budget to enable the purchase of a larger 10 tonne midi sweeper.  The increase in immediate expenditure would be met from underspends in the overall vehicle replacement budget for other purchases and would remain within the existing allocation for 2018/2019. The additional costs would be recovered through future operational efficiency savings in future years.


Members felt that this purchase would be of great benefit to keeping the Borough cleaner, be more efficient and improve resident satisfaction further.  It was also highlighted that the selection of the vehicle followed an extensive evaluation process by those employees who use the vehicles, which was commended. 


Decision made (Unanimously):


1.    That Cabinet agree the increase in allocated funds to acquire a new sweeper from within the overall approved capital programme.  This would allow for purchase, tax and delivery costs.


2.    Subject to the tender received being within budget allowance that the Director of Neighbourhoods and Development in consultation with the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive (Resources and Transformation) be given delegated authority to award the contract.


Reason(s) for the decision:


To enable the delivery of an enhanced service to the residents of the Borough through the addition of additional sweeping frequencies and additional flexibility in the delivery of the service.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:


Consideration was given to the like for like replacement of the existing mini-sweeper, however whilst this would allow service standards to be maintained it would not enable further development and enhancement of the service going forward.  Not to replace the vehicle would result in increased down time and cost of repairs.

Report author: Jennifer Mullin

Publication date: 24/01/2019

Date of decision: 23/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 23/01/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 01/02/2019

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