Tories rubbish move to dump waste firm Cory

Mark Flewitt

Mark Flewitt

First published in Echo News

OPPOSITION Tories on Southend Council claim they would have grilled a waste firm instead of just dumping them.

The Independent, Labour, and Lib Dem administration in charge of Southend Council announced it was binning Cory Environmental, which has collected rubbish in Southend for 20 years, in August, when their contract expires in 2015.

The opposition Tories, kicked out by the new administration in May, claim the decision should have been open to more scrutiny.

Cory failed at the first hurdle of the tender process, where companies are invited to bid for the new contract.

Mark Flewitt, Conservative councillor representing St Laurence ward, said: “We would have immediately referred this perverse decision to the Waste Management Working Party with the likely outcome that Cory remain in the process to ensure this is a safe decision.”

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8:03am Sun 31 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

Of course you would and had Corys been "grilled" you'd have demanded heads on sticks we get your little games and are glad you are gone.
Of course you would and had Corys been "grilled" you'd have demanded heads on sticks we get your little games and are glad you are gone. RuleBritania
  • Score: 6

9:13am Sun 31 Aug 14

dolly pp says...

the old saying I feel is going to happen here "better the devil you know"
the old saying I feel is going to happen here "better the devil you know" dolly pp
  • Score: 10

11:20am Sun 31 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

I just don’t understand this Cory put in an uncompetitive bid and lost out.
Was there no brown envelope loving councillor willing to give them inside info?
I just don’t understand this Cory put in an uncompetitive bid and lost out. Was there no brown envelope loving councillor willing to give them inside info? ORACUS
  • Score: 5

12:10pm Sun 31 Aug 14

southend brummie says...

This isn't particularly unusual, and is one of the results of contracting out. Cory, being the company in situ, and providing a decent service, deliberately put in a higher bid for the contract. Their calculation is that "better the devil you know" will give them the edge, and they don't want to provide a service that may not give them a profit.

However Southend Council (like most councils) is in a desperate financial state, and to be blunt has to save money. So we will get a cheaper (and almost certainly poorer) service.
This isn't particularly unusual, and is one of the results of contracting out. Cory, being the company in situ, and providing a decent service, deliberately put in a higher bid for the contract. Their calculation is that "better the devil you know" will give them the edge, and they don't want to provide a service that may not give them a profit. However Southend Council (like most councils) is in a desperate financial state, and to be blunt has to save money. So we will get a cheaper (and almost certainly poorer) service. southend brummie
  • Score: 8

12:39pm Sun 31 Aug 14

andy:) says...

We dont know that the new service 'will almost certainly be poorer' at all, it could be argued that Cory were complacent (theyve run into probnlems before over recycling), I dont see the Tories point here, Cory failed at the first hurdle why should they be given special treatment ?, after all isn't competetion at the heart of the Tory ethos ?

The Tories are in shock at having been booted out and so far the new coalitipn is doing some popular things such as keeping libraries open, ditching the unwanted seawall and making some promising moves about sorting out Victoria Ave.
We dont know that the new service 'will almost certainly be poorer' at all, it could be argued that Cory were complacent (theyve run into probnlems before over recycling), I dont see the Tories point here, Cory failed at the first hurdle why should they be given special treatment ?, after all isn't competetion at the heart of the Tory ethos ? The Tories are in shock at having been booted out and so far the new coalitipn is doing some popular things such as keeping libraries open, ditching the unwanted seawall and making some promising moves about sorting out Victoria Ave. andy:)
  • Score: 5

2:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Nelly99 says...

Whenever I read anything by Mark Flewitt or see his silly face I reach for my gun! As for rubbish clearance I can only speak for our estate and Cory have a certain laissez-faire attitude to rubbish collection. The will they, won't they puzzle has entertained us for years. Of course any replacement may well be worse. As for SBC, I do sometimes wonder if there is anybody in that big building in Vic Ave. They certainly don't concern themselves with such mundane tasks like answering letters or e-mails.
Whenever I read anything by Mark Flewitt or see his silly face I reach for my gun! As for rubbish clearance I can only speak for our estate and Cory have a certain laissez-faire attitude to rubbish collection. The will they, won't they puzzle has entertained us for years. Of course any replacement may well be worse. As for SBC, I do sometimes wonder if there is anybody in that big building in Vic Ave. They certainly don't concern themselves with such mundane tasks like answering letters or e-mails. Nelly99
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

Good ol' rent-a-gob Flewitt. When there's nothing to complain about, make something up.

Cory lost out as part of a process, whereby private companies compete for the contract. You'd have thought the Tories would be all for that sort of thing, and no doubt they would had they still been in power when it happened. I'm slightly unsure what makes Cllr Flewitt so determined to give Cory preferential treatment though.

And as for his laughable blog where he encourages Cory to sue the council (at local taxpayers' cost) by suggesting (with no evidence at all) that something was done wrong in the bidding process, he is being staggeringly irresponsible, all for the sake of a quote in the Echo.

If he is the best the Tories in Southend have to offer, then they really are in trouble.
Good ol' rent-a-gob Flewitt. When there's nothing to complain about, make something up. Cory lost out as part of a process, whereby private companies compete for the contract. You'd have thought the Tories would be all for that sort of thing, and no doubt they would had they still been in power when it happened. I'm slightly unsure what makes Cllr Flewitt so determined to give Cory preferential treatment though. And as for his laughable blog where he encourages Cory to sue the council (at local taxpayers' cost) by suggesting (with no evidence at all) that something was done wrong in the bidding process, he is being staggeringly irresponsible, all for the sake of a quote in the Echo. If he is the best the Tories in Southend have to offer, then they really are in trouble. Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 4

6:39pm Sun 31 Aug 14

abd123 says...

The story was that Cory were not in the list of those going to the next stage of submitting a bid so no price bids have yet been made. The actual local staff will have their jobs protected so the same men will be doing the rounds picking up your bags.
The story was that Cory were not in the list of those going to the next stage of submitting a bid so no price bids have yet been made. The actual local staff will have their jobs protected so the same men will be doing the rounds picking up your bags. abd123
  • Score: 1

7:09pm Sun 31 Aug 14

jayman says...

It's clear what has gone on here... It's also clear why Mark's cage has been rattled."

The bizarre political crusade award goes too.....

Mark. why don't you draw your attention to the state of southends schools that your administration helped produce. perhaps observe the state of the NHS and wider public services.. oh.. waste management is at the top of your agenda.. okeydoke...
It's clear what has gone on here... It's also clear why Mark's cage has been rattled." The bizarre political crusade award goes too..... Mark. why don't you draw your attention to the state of southends schools that your administration helped produce. perhaps observe the state of the NHS and wider public services.. oh.. waste management is at the top of your agenda.. okeydoke... jayman
  • Score: 1

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