Arun District Council has extended its Greenspace Management Contract with ISS Facility Services Landscaping for a further five years. This exciting confirmation means that ISS will have been working in partnership with the Council for a very impressive 23 years, including the new term.
The contract covers some 500 areas of parks and open spaces, ranging from small pockets of grass to large formal parks, cemeteries, play areas, Arun’s Council Housing land and countryside sites. Maintenance tasks include grass cutting, litter collection, shrub pruning, hedge cutting, various sports pitch maintenance, bedding display planting and maintenance, and grave digging.
At the core of the relationship is the ‘true partnership’ which exists between ISS and Arun District Council. This partnership sees both parties working together to realise efficiencies and cost savings, and to deliver a high end, value for money product to the general public. The transparent nature of this arrangement ensures that challenges and decisions are managed jointly and in a cohesive way, which has resulted in the Council winning 11 Green Flags and numerous silver and silver-gilt South East in Bloom awards over the contract term.
A second key feature is that a high number of the original key staff are still working on the Arun District Council contract, ensuring stability, continuity and an exceptional wealth of both local and in depth contract knowledge.
Phil Jones, Managing Director, ISS Facility Services Landscaping said, ‘ISS has over 30 years experience in partnering and we continue to work with our public sector clients to find joint solutions to the challenges which are facing many local authorities today. Ensuring efficiency savings and innovation over our new five year term with Arun District Council is one of the many reasons that the contract has been extended. The key to any good partnership is communication and effective delivery, and we will continue to bring these to the partnership as well as continuing to build on the achievements we have secured to date’
Councillor Paul Dendle, Arun’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to extend the contract with ISS at a rate which provides excellent value for money for our residents – as well as ensuring the continued quality of grounds maintenance service we have come to expect from almost two decades in partnership. It is vital to maintain our parks to a high standard to encourage the wellbeing and good health of residents and visitors by taking more exercise and enjoying the great outdoors in our lovely open spaces.”