Worcester City Council invests in new depot
Work has been completed on a centralised depot for the Worcestershire authority.
The Council’s new depot site, at Sixways in Pershore Lane near Junction 6 of the M5, replaces the facilities at the Butts in the City Centre where personnel, equipment and vehicles were previously based.
The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Mrs Lucy Hodgson and Mike Harrison Head of Cleaner & Greener City.
(Photograph courtesy of Worcester Standard)
The City Council invested in a new depot after it was agreed to sell the former depot site as the location of the new city library. The new depot will assist in meeting increased demand for quality council services from residents in the City and enable these services to be expanded in the future as required.
Funding for the project has come from the sale proceeds of the old site and it has been possible to incorporate some satellite facilities to also improve local service delivery.
The new environmentally friendly depot covers an area of 1.4 ha and was fully operational from July 2008. It includes an office block, workshops and stores buildings, in addition to vehicle and cycle parking for the employees operating from the site.
The new depot offers flexible working for operational and office based staff - with a number of hot desks – together with computer network access throughout and meeting and training rooms that can be separated or merged to create the required size.
The revised development also means for the first time that all clean and green service employees now operate from under the same roof. This will improve communication between teams and reduce the time it takes to plan, co-ordinate and carry out projects.
Cllr Allah Ditta, Portfolio holder for Cleaner and Greener, says: "This is a major investment and the opening of our new depot forms part of the City Council’s ongoing Corporate Plan to develop a street scene approach in the provision of our services to the public. The new depot will help provide residents with improved refuse, grounds maintenance and cleansing services, as it will provide the facilities to deliver a more efficient and integrated service across the whole of the City.”
Cllr Simon Geraghty, Leader of the council said, “We are delighted with the recent opening of our depot, strengthening our commitment to providing first class services to our residents and our intention is to make further improvements in the core services provided from the depot to continue to meet customer expectation. Our policy of assisting the future development of the City has also been significantly moved a further step forward by the release of the Butts site, to enable the development of the new Library to take place.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the employees that were involved in the project for all their hard work in assisting the move and in particular for the fact that all of the day to day services continued to operate without disruption whilst the transfer was taking place.”
Note – the Mayor will officially open the new Depot at Sixways at 4.00 pm on Monday 15th September – and all Councillors and many of those involved in the project have been invited to this event
For further information please contact Mike Harrison Head of Cleaner & Greener, Worcester City Council 01905 722233.