East Sussex council waste deal 'to save £30m'

A new waste and recycling contract with a private firm could save £30m over 10 years, four East Sussex councils claim.

Eastbourne and Hastings borough councils and Rother and Wealden district councils have teamed up to sign a single contract with Kier Services.

The contract covers waste and recycling collections and street and beach cleaning services.

Unison said it had "grave concerns" over services and staff cuts.

'Doesn't bode well'

A spokesman for Wealden council said: "The contract, which will cover nearly 200,000 properties over a 550 square mile area, is expected to save the partnership an estimated £30m over the next decade."

Last year East Sussex County Council linked up with six other authorities across the South East on a plan to make £100m of savings over four years.

Kelly Hannah-Rogers, from Unison, said: "There is going to be a sell-off of certain depots and some of the proposals include weekend working.

"There are grave concerns on service delivery and terms and conditions for the staff.

"It doesn't bode well for staff."

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