Issue - meetings

Provision of Dog Warden Service

Meeting: 13/01/2015 - Cabinet (Item 15)

15 Provision of Dog Warden Service (Agenda item 15)

Report of Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Democratic Services & Public Protection.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Democratic Services & Public Protection presented the report that provided details of the outcome of the European Tender process for the provision of the Dog Control Service by a private contractor.

 

He was very pleased to propose the recommendation as it would be saving the Council money and a better service would be received.  The successful applicant had been evaluated very highly and he asked Members for their support.

 

Councillor Chapman-Allen spoke in support of the recommendation as the Dog Warden provided an invaluable service not just in Breckland but across the border too. The Dog Warden had attended many Parish meetings and had an excellent website and tried his utmost to get abandoned dogs re-homed.  She felt that if Members were mindful to approve the recommendation it would show that Breckland Council was a caring and responsible authority.

 

The Vice-Chairman and Executive Member for Community & Environmental Services echoed the aforementioned comments and pointed out that the Dog Warden also did a great deal of work with schools in relation to dog fouling prevention and felt that the educational side was just as important.

 

The Executive Member for Democratic Services & Public Protection thanked everyone for their endorsements.

 

Options

 

  1. Not extend the existing dog control contract and run the risk that there would be no provision after April 2015.

 

  1. Accept the recommended contractor to provide the Dog Warden Services to the Council over the next three years with an option to extend the contract for a further two years.

 

Reasons

 

The contract specifications and tender submission by the recommended contractor would ensure enhanced services to the Council and Breckland residents and represented best value, with a financial saving for the Dog Warden Service of just under £25,000 on the current budget provision.

 

RESOLVED that the Dog Warden Service Contract be awarded to the private contractor as stated in the report for a period of 3 years with the option to extend for two further periods of between 1 and 5 years.