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Savings of £930,000 planned after Tor2 'marriage' talks

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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AN overhaul in the relationship between Torbay Council and Tor2 has been given the go-ahead.

Councillors have agreed to fundamental changes to the joint venture company TOR2 to contribute towards a savings target of £930,000.

The changes to the relationship described as a 'sour and bitter marriage' — will include a new Tor2Control Hub to take all calls about its services.

The agreement came at Torbay Council's full council meeting on Thursday.

Cllr Pete Addis, Tor2 board member, told the meeting: "This relationship has long needed repair and in the past 18 months it has been sent to the very limit."

The council has approved changes to the organisational structure to help make budget efficiencies.

Cllr Darren Cowell said: "It is a very sour and bitter marriage between Torbay Council and Tor2.

"We have to end this blame culture," he said.

TOR2, the joint venture company with Kier Group (which took over May Gurney) and carries out maintenance work for the council, including highways and parks and gardens, is to save £369,000, Torbay Council's Resident and Visitor Services department, £521,500, and Torbay Council's Contact Centre, £40,000.

A report to councillors states that 'inefficiencies' have been highlighted in the current contract and there will be a joint programme between the council and Tor2 to find improvements, save money and improve services.

Mayor Gordon Oliver said: "This means more efficient use of resources, people and better planning."

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  • dickwadding  |  December 12 2013, 9:31AM

    You'll still be up against a brick wall shrouded by smoke and mirrors if you need to complain about the services you are paying for.

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