Northampton Labour – Enterprise Review – Press Release

Northampton Labour Group

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(For Immediate Release) 

Labour Welcomes Review of Enterprise

Labour welcomes a review into the Enterprise contract but insists it must be a thorough investigation and not a simple paper exercise to save face.

The Enterprise contract started more than twelve months ago and has not lived up to the expectations of promise made by the previous Liberal Democrat administration.   The Lib Dems negotiated the contract but the Tories then set it up.  The Labour Group opposed it from the beginning. The contract started on 6th June 2011.

As soon as the contract started there were cases of missed bins but Northampton Borough Council immediately dismissed this as mere ‘teething problems’.  However, cases of poor performance have continued over the year and it is said that Enterprise have not yet hit a single target!

In response to the failure of the Tories to get a firm grip of the situation, Northampton Labour Group have submitted a motion to the next ordinary full Council meeting on Monday July 9th. The motion called for an immediate review into the Enterprise Contract and start imposing penalties on all missed targets.

Labour has also asked for the contract to be examined by a special Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting in early August.  Some senior staff at Enterprise must answer some important and difficult questions.

Cllr Terry Wire DL, Leader of Northampton Labour Group, says

“Labour have been calling for a review of the Enterprise contract for some time now.  We have consistently said that once the contract is a year old there needs to be a complete review”.

We understand that not a single target has been met and so it is shocking that penalties have not been imposed on Enterprise to date.  Many Councillors have spoken to residents about problems of missed bins and poor ground maintenance.

We welcome this review but hope that it will be a proper investigation and not a white wash by NBC. We will making sure that the Tories do a proper public investigation.”