- Labour councillors reject NSL contract extension
Labour councillors secured cross-party agreement for the Council to develop a business case to bring parking enforcement back in-house at last week’s Environment Committee (12 May).
A report to the committee proposed extending NSL’s contract, which expires in April 2017, by 18 months and after that proposed looking at a shared contract/provision with other neighbouring boroughs. Labour councillors opposed the contract extension as a result of NSL's poor performance and the fact that agreeing to a contract extension without considering alternative options will put the Council in a poor negotiating position to secure a good deal. The contract extension was, however, forced through by the Conservative councillors on the committee. The Council will develop the in-house business case for decision at the end of the NSL contract extension.
Labour’s Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: “When just over a quarter of residents say they are satisfied with parking in Barnet, it’s clear that the current contract is not delivering and too many tickets are being wrongly issued. Rather than extend the current outsourced contract, we want to look at developing an efficient high quality in-house service that works for residents and traders and not against them”.
1. For a copy of the Council report on parking enforcement see:http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=695&MId=8337&Ver=4
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568