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Contractor's view

May Gurney has term highway maintenance contracts with both Essex and Norfolk County Councils, and is about to start work with Suffolk County Council.

Chief executive David Sterry says: 'The local authorities are all interpreting best value in different ways, but we're seeing a willingness to break down barriers and find new ways of working.'

The Norfolk contract was awarded under CCT, but May Gurney is working in partnership with the DLO to adopt best value practices in part of the county.

'We're benchmarking that to see if we can demonstrate definite advantages of best value, ' explains Sterry. 'The plan is to run it for a year, and then roll it out over the rest of the county in the next three or five years.'

In Essex the contractor carries out design and supervision, as well as doing the work on the ground.

This is resulting in considerable cost savings for the local authority, but also gives May Gurney more scope for the efficient planning of resources.

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