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BIN COLLECTIONS, street cleaning and allotments are the subject of a public consultation as they could become the responsibilty of private contractors.

Havant Borough Council is considering privatising operational services to help it save £1.5m in the next two years.

That includes cemeteries, grass cutting, engineering and sports pitch booking.

Councillor Tony Briggs said: ‘Operational services currently cost £3.6m per year.

‘We need to look at how the service is run and how we can continue to make savings.

‘The options we’re asking the public to comment on include one for the service to be outsourced to a private contractor and another option to set up a joint venture company, partly owned by the council to deliver the service locally.’

The consultation runs for four weeks and a decision will be made by the council at the end of June.

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can do so by visiting tinyurl.com/Operationalservices.

Alternatively email or email customer.services@havant.gov.uk.

If you are unable to access the internet and need a paper copy call (023) 9244 6019.