This was the first scheme in Scotland to tackle the management of mixed tenure issues in respect of work where owners cannot be mandated. The scheme aimed to overcome difficulties in maintaining common areas specifically in areas such as tree/hedge cutting, removing rubbish, painting, fencing and close cleaning, There issues have often been neglected due largely to difficulties in enforcing any work to be carried out or a lack of clarity around responsibility.
The Mixed Tenure Scheme was developed to tackle some of the issues and develop solutions which work at a local level. The intended outcomes from the scheme included:
Improvements to the fabric and general appearance of mixed tenure properties/areas.
- A potential reduction in Council voids in mixed tenure properties because they are in a more attractive environment.
- Smaller local businesses getting an opportunity to quote for work through the Quick Quote system.
- Work placements and job creation.
- An increase in community pride and a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
- Protection of the significant investment the Council makes in maintaining and improving its council house stock.
- Creating a rapid response team that deals with local problems quickly and effectively.
- Building relationships with all tenures within estates to improve communication, identify local issues and improve estate management.
- Determining local priorities and developing ways of ensuring local input in to the ongoing running of the initiative.
- Ensuring “Value for Money” through better procurement and use of local business.
- Creating and sustaining employment opportunities both within the scheme and local contractors Improving the kerb side appeal of properties reducing void loss and ensuring communities are sustainable.
Council departments worked in partnership to deliver the scheme. The scheme partnered with WorkER in the recruitment of local unemployed youths to staff the Hit Squad. The Cleansing department co-operated in the development of the Craighead bin project. The procurement team contacted over 400 local businesses who were not registered on Public Contracts Scotland in order that they could be invited to quote through the Quick Quote system. This allowed the scheme to derive best value in the procurement of the work to be carried out.