Hounslow Council moves to bring Carillion-managed parks service in-house

16 January 2018, by Sarah Cosgrove, Be the first to comment

Hounslow Council is bringing its parks service back in-house following the collapse of its grounds maintenance contractor Carillion.

Hanworth Park, Hounslow. Image: David Bridges/Flickr
Hanworth Park, Hounslow. Image: David Bridges/Flickr

Carillion holds the contract to manage parks, cemeteries and allotments at the west London borough, close to Heathrow Airport.

The company, which went into compulsory liquidiation yesterday after failing to find a re-financing solution for its £1.5bn of debt, also previously managed Hounslow’s library service, but that ended in summer 2017.

The council intends to move services to Lampton 360, the council’s wholly-owned trading company, and has asked administrators to transfer the service even sooner than planned, following yesterday’s news that the construction company and outsourcing giant went into compulsory liquidation yesterday.

Hounslow has been keeping a close eye on the struggling contractor for some time, and in November 2017 reached agreement with Carillion to terminate its contract to parks, cemeteries and allotments early, on 9 April 2018.

Leader of the council Steve Curran said: “We are well into the detailed planning for these services to move to Lampton 360, the council’s wholly-owned trading company.

“We have been planning behind the scenes for the potential collapse of Carillion before April for some time, and it has been our intention to transfer the service to Lampton 360 earlier if necessary. We are making sure that the appointed administrators understand our wish to do this, as soon as possible, so that we can protect the staff and the services.”

The council’s cabinet member for green policy and leisure will now work closely with resident groups and Carillion staff, Curran added “to ensure we have a smooth transfer of these services back to the council”.

He said services would continue to run as normal.

“We would like to reassure residents and Carillion staff who work on our contract that we will do everything we can to make the necessary arrangements for the transfer of the service to take place as soon as possible.”

Yesterday Government agency The Insolvency Service said that workers employed by Carillion should continue to turn up to work and would be paid.

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