City Council launches Oxford Direct Services

By John Charlton

Oxford City Council has transformed its direct services operations into a wholly-owned social enterprise called Oxford Direct Services Ltd (ODS).

ODS will continue to deliver all of the Council’s statutory services currently provided to residents and business including waste and recycling, street cleaning, car park operations, parks maintenance and road repairs as well as additional services including garden waste collection, pest control, vehicle MOTs and building services.

For Oxford residents, who rely on the Council to empty their bins and sweep their streets, there will be little obvious change. A seamless transfer will see all the services they need continue to be provided by the same frontline staff under the new ODS badge. But the focus on increased commercial activity will help protect front-line services and create more local jobs,

The new social enterprise company is also set to benefit Oxford in other ways. It will offer a reliable, established, experienced and locally-orientated work force as well as secure long-term locally-based employment prospects.

Gordon Mitchell, Chief Executive, Oxford City Council said: “The City Council’s Direct Services team has long served the people of Oxford by providing high quality, reliable services. Not only that, it has been successful in the commercial world and in doing so has brought income to the Council.

“Now, as a social enterprise, owned entirely by the City Council, ODS is set to expand its operations, benefiting all of its customers, including residents of Oxford.