Bristol Legal news: November to December 2016

Bristol Legal news: November to December 2016

Corporate news including the new Harbourside Festival contract, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, community sports grants agreements.

New contract for the provision of the Harbourside Festival

Bristol City Council has been awarded the contract for the provision of the Harbourside Festival from 2017 to 2020 under a new form contract.

Under this contract Bristol City Council will provide a base level of funding as in the past but will also share in any surplus finance generated from the events and concessions which contribute to the success of the festival. 

Because the Contractor and Council have agreed an open book form of contract the Council will be able to see the level of surplus which will be divided with the Contractor. 

The Council’s share will be used to reduce the cost of the festival to the Council whose contribution is capped in the agreement.

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

On 29 November 2016, the UK Investigatory Powers Bill received royal assent and passed into law as the ‘Investigatory Powers Act 2016’ (the "Act").

The Act, nicknamed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, will govern the use and oversight of investigatory powers by UK law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies, strengthen safeguards, as well as introduce new oversight arrangements.

The Act has been controversial throughout its passage through Parliament due to the far-reaching powers it hands to relevant government agencies.

Among other key provisions, it requires Communications Service Providers (CSPs), based in and outside the UK, to keep a record of the internet services to which devices have been connected (an Internet Connection Record or “ICR”) and, when issued with a retention notice, communications data, for a maximum period of 12 months for access by law enforcement agencies, and other public bodies, without a warrant.

The Act also provides local government with some investigatory powers, for example in relation to investigating benefit fraud, but not access to ICRs.

Community Sporting Grant Agreements

Bristol City Council has entered into various Community Sporting Grant Agreements.

This is part of the commitment to fund improvement to sporting facilities that have links with schools and other youth provisions. The allocation was a commitment of from the Councils 2015/16 budget.

MetroBus Information Points Contract awarded

The Council has recently awarded MetroBus Information Points Contract.

This is a high value contract and the contractor will supply, install and maintain Information Points on all the MetroBus stops throughout Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

This will be the most modern information and ticketing system in the South West providing great ease and comfort to the passengers.

Energy centre joint venture

The Council is currently is progressing a joint venture with the University of Bristol and University Hospital Bristol to supply heat to these institutions through a centralised energy centre.

This project is expected to reduce costs and have a positive impact on the environment by considerably reducing Carbon emissions.

Framework Agreement for Disabled Adaptations

Bristol City Council is working in partnership with North Somerset Council to establish a 3 to 4 year Framework Agreement for disabled adaptation works.  

Experienced contractors will be appointed to undertake a range of adaption works for both adults and children, in social housing and private properties across Bristol and North Somerset. 

The Framework providers will be appointed and the Framework commence in early 2017.  The value of the Framework is estimated At £5.5 million per year, £22 million over the full Framework period.

Sea Mills Children Centre: Refurbishment works contract

The Council with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) will undertake refurbishment works to Sea Mills Children Centre. 

A dilapidated and unused building on the current school site will be transformed to provide a working children’s centre. 

The design and build construction contract with Skanska, the LEP partner, is worth an estimated £3.1million.