PLANS for a new partnership to improve the quality, speed of delivery and breadth of Staffordshire County Council's construction, maintenance and operations programme has been agreed.
The council's cabinet approved Amey as its preferred delivery partner for the next 10 years – with the option to extend for a further 10 years.
Amey has agreed to deliver smarter, quicker ways of working, keeping people better-informed on everything from potholes to major projects – and saving taxpayers an estimated £21.5 million in the first five years through its own efficiencies. A council spokesman said : "We have negotiated hard and negotiated differently to get the very best deal for the county, the council and our communities.
"The fact we can deliver this at a reduced cost to Staffordshire taxpayers of £21.5 million in the next five years is also truly remarkable. Instead of just looking at tendering for a traditional contract, we looked at what greater value we could achieve, what better services could be delivered and ultimately what better offer companies could bring to the table.
"This partnership is unique in that it builds on what is good from the more traditional highways contracts, but recognises too the wider goals of the county council to bring jobs, growth and prosperity to the county without compromising on what is really important to the people of Staffordshire."
Staffordshire County Council will retain a controlling 60 per cent voting rights in the partnership.