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Praise for council workers

PUBLISHED: 14:32 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 05 July 2010

The boss of a new company formed to provide a host of frontline services in Waveney has praised more than 150 workers it inherited from the council.

Norfolk County Services (NCS) landed the £120m, 15-year contract to take over Waveney's operations portfolio from July 1 and took on 165 employees from the district council.

The boss of a new company formed to provide a host of frontline services in Waveney has praised more than 150 workers it inherited from the council.

Norfolk County Services (NCS) landed the £120m, 15-year contract to take over Waveney's operations portfolio from July 1 and took on 165 employees from the district council.

The new organisation, known as Waveney Norse, is being run as a joint venture company, so council officials are represented on the board and have the power of veto over decisions.

Managing director Dennis Ball said: “This has been a seamless and trouble-free transfer; in fact, it is one of the smoothest we have ever experienced.

The staff who have transferred have been among the most positive, and the support services have helped enormously by having a can-do attitude, ensuring that the partner-ship got off to the best possible start.”

Waveney Norse's services include bin collections, street cleaning and car parking, and the district council is entitled to half of any profits made.

Stephen Ardley, Waveney's portfolio holder for health and well-being and chairman of the new board, said the across-the-board improvements seen had demonstrated that the move was a beneficial way forward for the people of Waveney.


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