Denbighshire’s Cabinet Renews Commitment to Construction Framework
Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet has renewed its commitment to a framework which has streamlined the procurement of contracts worth more than £200 million.
The Cabinet agreed to renew its lead role and start the re-procurement of the North Wales Construction Framework on behalf of the six North Wales councils.
The first phase of the framework, which runs out next summer, has already provided a cost-effective mechanism to secure contractors to build new schools and other public buildings across North Wales, and has also delivered a number of wider spin-off benefits for local businesses and communities.
There are currently six contractors on the framework and to date there are 20 projects being progressed across the region with a value in excess of £200 million, with 80 per cent of supply chain spending coming from within a 30 mile radius of projects.
In Denbighshire projects currently being delivered under the framework include the new primary school in Ruthin (£8.5m); the renovation of the Pavilion Theatre & Sky Tower on Rhyl Waterfront (£7.4m) and the Ysgol Glan Clwyd extension and refurbishment (£13.9m).
Community benefits secured across North Wales under the framework since its launch in 2014 include more than 7,800 hours of work experience, 29 permanent new jobs created for unemployed people,8,800 school pupils involved in engagement events and in partnership with Prince’s Trust, 30 work placements for NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) individuals..
Knife Amnesty Planned In Denbighshire
Denbighshire County Council and North Wales police are teaming up to provide a chance for residents to dispose of knives through a controlled amnesty in the county.
The Operation Sceptre knife amnesty will allow people to dispose of any knives or cutlery in completely safely manner in special bins at three of the Council’s recycling parks; at Rhyl, Denbigh and Ruthin during the initiative, which runs from 17-23 July. They will be recycled and, due to the fact they are kept separate from other wastes, can be handled with due caution.
Inspector Julie Sheard from the North Wales Police Community Safety Department said, “Our focus will be on targeting those who habitually carry and use knives, tackling the supply and access to weapons, engagement with the public to increase awareness of the consequences of carrying knives and providing opportunities to surrender weapons. We take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons. Please ensure any sharp ends are securely wrapped in a protective material.”
Councillor Brian Jones, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Recycling, said: “Knives, even if everyday cutlery or kitchen utensils, are things that a lot of residents tend to hoard simply because they don’t know how they should dispose of them.
“Part of the sorting of Denbighshire’s recycling is carried out manually therefore we would never recommend the use of recycling services to dispose of hazardous items such as this.Providing special bins as part of Operation Sceptre allows people to hand in their knives without fear.
“By working together with the police, we are providing a great opportunity for people to dispose of their knives in a safe, controlled manner
Once the amnesty is over, people can still take ‘low risk’ knives (cutlery) to the recycling parks, but should make attendants aware they are disposing of knives.Other knives can be taken to a police station for disposal.