Council services transferred today

WELLINGBOROUGH Council’s environmental services will be officially handed over to be run by a private company today.

Norse, a company which was set up with Norfolk County Council, will now run a range of environmental services in Wellingborough.

Under the 10-year contract, 100 council employees will transfer to the new company, who will be responsible for emptying about 49,500 wheelie bins each week, keeping streets clean, removing graffiti and flytipping, preparing and maintaining graves, looking after public toilets and maintaining parks and open spaces.

Responsibility for the town’s market, as well car park security and management of civic buildings, will also come under Wellingborough Norse.

The new company could save Wellingborough Council more than £2 million over the next five years through efficiency savings.