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Councillor Toby Neal – Council Business
Declarations of Interests
Councillor Sam Webster declared an interest in item 5, Building Services Procurement Requirements 2019/20 as a Director of Nottingham City Homes. This interest did not preclude him from speaking or voting on the matter.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2018
Regarding minute 48 – Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Aid 2019 Onwards: the committee wanted to make it clear that the grant management process should be transparent and robust, this must be applied to the grants themselves and to the grant giving bodies. Application for grants will be an open and competitive process.
With that clarification the minutes were confirmed as a true record of the meeting and were signed by the Chair.
Report of the Corporate Director for Commercial & Operations
Trevor Bone, Property Maintenance Manager, introduced the report on Building Services Procurement requirement 2019/20 which set out the requirements for Nottingham City Council, Building Services Team to procure multiple replacement contracts which all end in March 2020.
(1) Approve the procurement of replacement contracts detailed in Appendix 2 of the published report, with a total value of £2,722,040 through an appropriate procurement process, and to award the contract for the services based on the outcomes of the procurement process
(2) Delegate authority to the Head of Service for Building Services to approve the outcome of the procurement processes and award the contract to the provider that is deemed most suitable to provide these services.
Reasons for decision
1) Due to multiple contracts coming to the end of their term in March 2020
Nottingham City Council, Building Services team have to procure
replacements. This enables the Building Services team to keep Nottingham City Councils portfolio of assets compliant with multiple statutory, regulatory and legislative obligations, for its portfolio of assets which serve a diverse mixture of citizens in Nottingham.
2) To improve efficiency and value for money in the services we commission. This procurement exercise is the optimal approach in managing our costs and achieving best value for money.
3) To ensure a high level of customer satisfaction with our services is
maintained, as evidenced by feedback from internal stakeholders.
4) The new contracts will require the supplier to utilise modern technology where appropriate, to maximise efficiency in their own operations and ensure that Nottingham City Council Concerto system, records live data and continues the processing and storage of circa 15,000 compliance certificates / documents every year.
5) To ensure risk is managed in an appropriate manner ensuring the citizens of Nottingham and its visitors to the city are safe when visiting the council’s portfolio of assets.
Other options considered
Do nothing and allow contracts to end and not re-commission services, which will remove statutory, regulatory and legislative compliancy across Nottingham City Councils portfolio of assets and increase the risk of prosecution and reputation to Nottingham City Council for providing non-compliant assets that endanger its citizens. This is unacceptable and has been rejected.
Insource all of the activity covered by the contract areas under consideration for renewal. This option has been rejected due to the following; capacity, complexity, risk and value for money.
Allow Nottingham City Councils various directorates to purchase individually the services as they require them to ensure compliancy across the assets they are responsible for. This is likely to result in a more expensive, less compliant and less reliable service. It would also be more bureaucratic, with less ownership and accountability. This is likely to give rise to public challenge if citizen safety is compromised and so this option has been rejected.
Report of the Corporate Director of Development and Growth and the Corporate Director of Commercial and Operations
Chris Carter, Head of Transport Strategy, introduced the report on ULEV Vehicle and Infrastructure Procurement seeking approval to undertake two procurement exercises, one to procure a fleet of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles and one for the supporting infrastructure. The report also detailed plans to establish frameworks and make them available to all UK public sector authorities to use.
(1) To approve undertaking a procurement process to establish an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) framework for all UK public sector contracting authorities with respect to ULEV cars, light vans, minibuses and taxi purchase;
(2) To approve undertaking a procurement process to establish a framework for all UK public sector contracting authorities with respect to ULEV charge point infrastructure purchase;
(3) To delegate authority to enter into the ULEV framework contract award to the most advantageous tenders received to the Corporate Director of Commercial and Operations;
(4) To delegate authority for the initial ULEV infrastructure contract award to the most advantageous tenders received to the Corporate Director of Development and Growth;
(5) To delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Commercial and Operations to award call off contracts under the ULEV vehicle framework; and
(6) To delegate authority to each of the Corporate Director for Commercial and Operations and the Corporate Director of Development and Growth to award call off contracts under the charge point infrastructure framework.
Reasons for decision
1) The council has an ambition to transition 22% of its fleet to Ultra Low
Emission Vehicles (ULEV) by 2020 to support the council’s wider transport and air quality objectives. With 50 vehicles already converted and a further 50 vehicles to be added to the fleet by December 2019, the council is well on the way to meeting its target. Due to a lack of availability of ULEV options through existing frameworks, procurement of the council’s ULEV cars and vans has been undertaken through single procurement exercises. In order to allow for better value for money and efficiency, the council proposes to create a ULEV fleet framework comprising cars, vans, minibuses and taxis for a four year duration. Establishing a UK public sector authorities’ framework has the added benefit for other councils’ and public sector fleet operators to purchase cars and blue light service vehicles. Specifications for each of the vehicle types have been devised to ensure that a wide range of vehicle manufacturers can tender for the opportunity to form part of the framework.
2) Currently there are many frameworks available to the public sector to
purchase ULEV charge point infrastructure, but few if any can be used by EU funded projects as they are not OJEU compliant. Nottingham City Council is part of the EU funded Interreg CleanMobilEnergy project which will see the introduction of 40 vehicle to grid compatible charge points cited at Eastcroft Depot. The council will need to procure these units. Given the fast evolving nature of the market, new suppliers are bringing technology to the market all the time. Establishing a framework will allow ... view the full minutes text for item 56.