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Earlier handover for park contract

by Natalie Vincent Wed 24 January 2018, 5:15 pm

Hounslow Council will take back its parks and maintenance contract earlier than expected, following the Carillion collapse.

As reported on 2 January, the council's wholly owned company Lampton 360 was due to take over the responsibility for the borough's park maintenance in April 2018.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the council announced that staff previously working for Carillion will now join Lampton’s subsidiary firm GreenSpace360 on 1 March. 

Yesterday, council leader Steve Curran, cabinet member for green policy and leisure Samia Chaudhary and senior officers met with Carillion to discuss how the contract could be immediately transferred.

Curran said: "We understand that there is a high level of anxiety amongst staff with regard to who is going to pay them, and when.

"The administrators for Carillion previously confirmed that the salaries for January would be paid, but there is currently no guarantee for payments beyond that from the receivers.

"However, we would like to reassure parks staff that we are doing all we can, as quickly as we can, and will keep them informed of our progress. Meanwhile, we appreciate their efforts in providing a seamless service under such difficult circumstances."

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