Council chooses new contractor to maintain Wirral's roads

Wirral Globe: Council chooses new contractor to maintain Wirral's roads Council chooses new contractor to maintain Wirral's roads

WIRRAL’S roads are to be maintained by the company that built the Mersey Tunnels.

The council's highway services deal with BAM Nuttall replaces the existing contract with Colas which ends in March and is valued at between £30m and £33m.

Councillor Harry Smith, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “We are looking forward to working with BAM Nuttall in delivering highway services in Wirral which are important to our residents and businesses and support the continued growth in Wirral’s economy.

“The council is undergoing wholesale transformation in the way it carries out its responsibilities and BAM Nuttall will work with us on our main roads and local streets to make those changes a success.”

The contract is one of the first in the country to be procured using the new national Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, which is specifically intended for local council roads, rather than larger roads such as motorways.

BAM Nuttall has a long history of working in the area, having been Cheshire County Council’s long-term highways contractor between 2004 and 2012.

They have a highways base at Winsford and offices in Northwich.

The original company, Edmund Nuttall & Co, built the Liver Building in 1908 and carried out most of the construction work for the Queensway Mersey Tunnel from 1925 to 1931 and then – as Edmund Nuttall, Sons and Co Ltd – on the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel from 1967 to 1972.

Matt Stacey, head of highway services for BAM, said: “We are delighted to have secured this collaborative contract with the council and to help support the delivery of a quality service for the residents and businesses of Wirral.”

Councillor Smith added: “Our new contractor will work closely with highways officers and the current contractor to ensure a smooth handover of operations and programmes of work from April 1 this year.

“I would stress that the contact arrangements for anyone wishing to report a highway defect or street lighting fault remain unchanged."

 He urged anyone wishing to report a fault to contact  Streetscene through the council’s website or by telephoning 0151 606 2004.

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1:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

rover600 says...

I hope the work force is being transferred from Colas, no one would want to see the guys at the sharp end affected by this but lets hope the Management are more effective than Colas's appeared to be. Hopefully we will be rid of pot holes in the very near future?
I hope the work force is being transferred from Colas, no one would want to see the guys at the sharp end affected by this but lets hope the Management are more effective than Colas's appeared to be. Hopefully we will be rid of pot holes in the very near future? rover600

3:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JohnON says...

rover600 wrote:
I hope the work force is being transferred from Colas, no one would want to see the guys at the sharp end affected by this but lets hope the Management are more effective than Colas's appeared to be. Hopefully we will be rid of pot holes in the very near future?
Hmm. Colas could do good work when they wanted to but some of their resurfacing work was abysmal. It wasn't all down to Management either.

Driving their own wagons on their own newly poured black liquid (can hardly call it tarmac in some cases) and then leaving tyre tracks all over the pavements isn't down to Management. Failing to mask off drains properly allowing the 'black liquid' to half-block the grating, isn't Management.
[quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: I hope the work force is being transferred from Colas, no one would want to see the guys at the sharp end affected by this but lets hope the Management are more effective than Colas's appeared to be. Hopefully we will be rid of pot holes in the very near future?[/p][/quote]Hmm. Colas could do good work when they wanted to but some of their resurfacing work was abysmal. It wasn't all down to Management either. Driving their own wagons on their own newly poured black liquid (can hardly call it tarmac in some cases) and then leaving tyre tracks all over the pavements isn't down to Management. Failing to mask off drains properly allowing the 'black liquid' to half-block the grating, isn't Management. JohnON

3:58pm Wed 29 Jan 14

benny07 says...

well done cllr harry smith,can i have a price to tarmac my drive,on the QT,any sat or sun,when were all off work ??
well done cllr harry smith,can i have a price to tarmac my drive,on the QT,any sat or sun,when were all off work ?? benny07

4:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

PaulCa says...

Hmmm. Good luck to BAM Nuttall.

The COLAS contract was legendary. 25p for a new street lighting column, lantern and electrical connection will be a tough act to follow.
Hmmm. Good luck to BAM Nuttall. The COLAS contract was legendary. 25p for a new street lighting column, lantern and electrical connection will be a tough act to follow. PaulCa

5:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Cheesy Peas says...

They built the Mersey Tunnels?

Great - so we can expect the bill to rise inexorably for evermore, then.
They built the Mersey Tunnels? Great - so we can expect the bill to rise inexorably for evermore, then. Cheesy Peas

9:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

Hugo1008 says...

Having worked in all aspects of the Construction Industry for many years when work or performance is not of the best quality, the fault is nearly always down to Supervision. Or rather the lack of it.

Wirral Borough Council employ many supervisors in various areas some of them where or are excellent tradesmen in the past, and many of them through longevity get promoted to Management even Directors.

So there is much good quality staff at both the upper level and the bottom level, it is nearly always the bit in between that is lacking.

Poor management at the senior levels and even worse governance from elected Councillors results in lack of managed and controlled labour force, disillusioned Supervisors, abysmal quality and complete waste of money. That is what Wirral has suffered with for decades, hence the disgraceful state we are in at present.

The cure is quite simple Remove Party Politics from Local Government, only ever elect Councillors who actually listen too and take notice of the Wirral Population, and for the most part based on past history you need to pick a New Face, not one who has let you down for the last 20 years, in particular those who have been in office for the last ten years.
Having worked in all aspects of the Construction Industry for many years when work or performance is not of the best quality, the fault is nearly always down to Supervision. Or rather the lack of it. Wirral Borough Council employ many supervisors in various areas some of them where or are excellent tradesmen in the past, and many of them through longevity get promoted to Management even Directors. So there is much good quality staff at both the upper level and the bottom level, it is nearly always the bit in between that is lacking. Poor management at the senior levels and even worse governance from elected Councillors results in lack of managed and controlled labour force, disillusioned Supervisors, abysmal quality and complete waste of money. That is what Wirral has suffered with for decades, hence the disgraceful state we are in at present. The cure is quite simple Remove Party Politics from Local Government, only ever elect Councillors who actually listen too and take notice of the Wirral Population, and for the most part based on past history you need to pick a New Face, not one who has let you down for the last 20 years, in particular those who have been in office for the last ten years. Hugo1008

10:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

BillyBradford says...

Hugo1008 wrote:
Having worked in all aspects of the Construction Industry for many years when work or performance is not of the best quality, the fault is nearly always down to Supervision. Or rather the lack of it.

Wirral Borough Council employ many supervisors in various areas some of them where or are excellent tradesmen in the past, and many of them through longevity get promoted to Management even Directors.

So there is much good quality staff at both the upper level and the bottom level, it is nearly always the bit in between that is lacking.

Poor management at the senior levels and even worse governance from elected Councillors results in lack of managed and controlled labour force, disillusioned Supervisors, abysmal quality and complete waste of money. That is what Wirral has suffered with for decades, hence the disgraceful state we are in at present.

The cure is quite simple Remove Party Politics from Local Government, only ever elect Councillors who actually listen too and take notice of the Wirral Population, and for the most part based on past history you need to pick a New Face, not one who has let you down for the last 20 years, in particular those who have been in office for the last ten years.
Are the hespe whistle blowers going to be transferred to the new service provider? If so what protection will they receive?
[quote][p][bold]Hugo1008[/bold] wrote: Having worked in all aspects of the Construction Industry for many years when work or performance is not of the best quality, the fault is nearly always down to Supervision. Or rather the lack of it. Wirral Borough Council employ many supervisors in various areas some of them where or are excellent tradesmen in the past, and many of them through longevity get promoted to Management even Directors. So there is much good quality staff at both the upper level and the bottom level, it is nearly always the bit in between that is lacking. Poor management at the senior levels and even worse governance from elected Councillors results in lack of managed and controlled labour force, disillusioned Supervisors, abysmal quality and complete waste of money. That is what Wirral has suffered with for decades, hence the disgraceful state we are in at present. The cure is quite simple Remove Party Politics from Local Government, only ever elect Councillors who actually listen too and take notice of the Wirral Population, and for the most part based on past history you need to pick a New Face, not one who has let you down for the last 20 years, in particular those who have been in office for the last ten years.[/p][/quote]Are the hespe whistle blowers going to be transferred to the new service provider? If so what protection will they receive? BillyBradford

12:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

PaulCa says...

The rot set in ilaround 2002 when we got rid of Borough Engineer Andrew Rhodes CEng, passed over his Deputy Derwent Darbyshire and replaced a qualified Engineer's role with pen pusher David Green MBA.

And look what happened. Scandal, outsourcing and botched jobs all over the place.
The rot set in ilaround 2002 when we got rid of Borough Engineer Andrew Rhodes CEng, passed over his Deputy Derwent Darbyshire and replaced a qualified Engineer's role with pen pusher David Green MBA. And look what happened. Scandal, outsourcing and botched jobs all over the place. PaulCa

2:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

PaulCa wrote:
The rot set in ilaround 2002 when we got rid of Borough Engineer Andrew Rhodes CEng, passed over his Deputy Derwent Darbyshire and replaced a qualified Engineer's role with pen pusher David Green MBA.

And look what happened. Scandal, outsourcing and botched jobs all over the place.
Paul this has happened in all aspects of Wirral Council 's departments-'Mickey Mouse' paper qualifications and not a clue about the job in hand, either that or friends in low places!
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: The rot set in ilaround 2002 when we got rid of Borough Engineer Andrew Rhodes CEng, passed over his Deputy Derwent Darbyshire and replaced a qualified Engineer's role with pen pusher David Green MBA. And look what happened. Scandal, outsourcing and botched jobs all over the place.[/p][/quote]Paul this has happened in all aspects of Wirral Council 's departments-'Mickey Mouse' paper qualifications and not a clue about the job in hand, either that or friends in low places! bigfoot

5:48pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

Good read all the civil engineers,surveyors,
accountants,company directors,tradesmen,
idiots,knobs and last but not least bennyboy the clown
Good read all the civil engineers,surveyors, accountants,company directors,tradesmen, idiots,knobs and last but not least bennyboy the clown Positive thinker

10:20pm Thu 30 Jan 14

kevin casey says...

What great news ! I am sure the new contractors will soon learn the anciant art of greasing palms which Wirral council thrive on!!!!
What great news ! I am sure the new contractors will soon learn the anciant art of greasing palms which Wirral council thrive on!!!! kevin casey

6:13am Fri 31 Jan 14

Roadie says...

So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net).
Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization.
So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net). Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization. Roadie

9:49am Fri 31 Jan 14

BillyBradford says...

Roadie wrote:
So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net).
Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization.
Roadie, Well said my compatriot!
[quote][p][bold]Roadie[/bold] wrote: So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net). Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization.[/p][/quote]Roadie, Well said my compatriot! BillyBradford

1:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BillyBradford says...

BillyBradford wrote:
Roadie wrote:
So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net).
Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization.
Roadie, Well said my compatriot!
The shocking thing is Roadie, 35 % increase in prices! That means 35 % less work, 35 % less employment. More sausage fingers in stale greasy pies! Us my friend sleepless nights worrying about our future! I really hope when the tapes come out they get their comeuppance!
[quote][p][bold]BillyBradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roadie[/bold] wrote: So highways giant COLAS slinks off,with the stench of a tainted contract fresh in their noses, the promise of rich pickings on the Wirral never materializing and their shady benefactor falling from grace,(albeit with a well cushioned safety net). Now BAM Nutall step up to the plate with a tender that blasts COLAS's unrealistic prices out of the water, (why did we have to wait so long for the announcement Mr Smith?) It will only lead to one thing jobs losses and less work being done. Wirral will learn the true cost of privatization.[/p][/quote]Roadie, Well said my compatriot![/p][/quote]The shocking thing is Roadie, 35 % increase in prices! That means 35 % less work, 35 % less employment. More sausage fingers in stale greasy pies! Us my friend sleepless nights worrying about our future! I really hope when the tapes come out they get their comeuppance! BillyBradford

4:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Roadie says...

Forecast A DLO to return in 2018
Forecast A DLO to return in 2018 Roadie

12:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kevin casey says...

I suppose it will not be long before the contractors learn the ancient art of palm greasing used by the council !!!? Time will tell
I suppose it will not be long before the contractors learn the ancient art of palm greasing used by the council !!!? Time will tell kevin casey

12:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kevin casey says...

Does anyone know how many Mr mason work high up in the council I have traced quite a few to date but would like to compare with other peoples findings ? All replys should be on the level I would like to get my findings squared away no its not cryptic. Its fact !!!!
Does anyone know how many Mr mason work high up in the council I have traced quite a few to date but would like to compare with other peoples findings ? All replys should be on the level I would like to get my findings squared away no its not cryptic. Its fact !!!! kevin casey

11:09pm Sun 2 Feb 14

PaulCa says...

Mr Masons

http://tinyurl.com/p
ekdtta
Mr Masons http://tinyurl.com/p ekdtta PaulCa

2:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

They should grease your mouth to shut you up
They should grease your mouth to shut you up Positive thinker

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