A leading figure at construction firm May Gurney has asserted his belief that local authorities should work more with private sector specialists to cut costs while maintaining a quality service.
The comments came after it was revealed that the contractor had helped Surrey County Council save £7.3 million on its annual road maintenance bill.
May Gurney was appointed by the local authority back in April 2011 as part of a £19.5 million deal to provide surface treatments, gritting services and flood prevention across the regions roads.
The contractor helped the local authority to cut costs by simplifying road repair processes.
This came through initiatives such as reducing the administration around work projects and giving road crews the power to make minor repairs as and when they find them – rather than reporting the issue.
Commenting on the success of the project, May Gurney public sector services general manager Jim Harker said: “Councils are under severe pressure to cut costs, and our work with Surrey proves that by working in partnership with private sector specialists, local authorities can achieve significant savings without compromising on quality of service.”
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