The 2 examples are:
- Playground at Car Rhos, Llanrhos
- New Kitchen Equipment and Serving Patch work at Ysgol Deganwy
Following requests from a resident last year, I have been working with the Street Scene Manager in improvements to the small playground in Llanrhos. This is on Cae Rhos the small road opposite the Cemetery, around the corner form the Church Hall. Business Cases were put together to secure funding in this years budget. Preparation works has been done by the department and the equipment has been ordered. The installation of the equipment is to be completed by an external contractor, but the existing process required this work to go out to tender. This has delayed the final delivery of the scheme, which means we will miss this years summer holiday.
This is just 2 examples that I have been involved with directly, but how much is this process repeated over the whole authority.
As a public authority we have to ensure transparency and fairness in giving contracts to external companies. But my argument is that is this required to be done for every project. Would it not be more efficient to bring in some standard Service Level Agreements reviewed and tendered for annually with contractors. This could be on a cost + percentage basis. This would help speed up projects and also save a lot of internal resources work on preparing individual tenders.
I have asked this question in respect to deliberations on the Capital Programme. I understand this is being looked at, and it has been passed to the relevant officers to respond. This idea is not completely mine and has come about from discussions with officers.
At the Budget Group meeting I was part of today, I raised this again when we started looking at all the external parties for which we contract or deal with. Apparently this procurement method does exist in some departments (e.g. Highways), but it is something that should and will be reviewed to see if there are any benefits to extend the practice.