Nottinghamshire's £8m plan for roads depot

Nottinghamshire County Council is to spend millions of pounds on a new highways depot even though the department could be privatised.

At a budget meeting later in July councillors are expected to approve the scheme at Bilsthorpe to cut costs and improve efficiency.

The new depot would cost £8.662m with the council expecting to recoup half the amount by selling current depots.

Depots at Newark, Southwell, Cuckney, Mansfield and Arnold would be closed.

In a statement the council said: "The new Bilsthorpe Depot, on the site of the former Bilsthorpe Colliery, would have training facilities, vehicle workshops, offices, vehicle fuelling and cleaning areas and storage.

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"It would operate 24-hours a day every day, but would be away from residential areas, unlike many of the current buildings."

Last month the county said it was is considering handing over some of its services to the private sector, including catering and highways.

The authority is to ask private companies how they would run these services and what they would charge.

Tim Malynn, council spokesman, said at the time the review was a starting point for saving £120m over the next four years.

When the plan to potentially privatise the department was announced the union Unison said it understood cutbacks had to be made but it was unhappy with the option.

A spokesman from the union Unison said they knew nothing of the plan and had not been consulted.

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