Private security firm used to manage reopening of pubs on Weymouth Harbour

Private security firm used to manage reopening of pubs on Weymouth Harbour

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:29am 8th July 2020.

Dorset Council are defending their use of a private security firm brought in to help manage Weymouth Harbourside when pubs reopened at the weekend.

The crowd safety team from out of the area were brought in to work alongside their own employees.

Dorset Council say a number of local security firms were approached first.

In a statement to Wessex FM a spokesperson for Dorset Council said:

"A number of local security firms were asked to provide this safety function but couldn't provide the right number of staff with the appropriate experience at short notice. 

"Tender processes can be lengthy and costly and as this was an urgent requirement, a company from outside the Dorset area was appointed at a cost of £5,256.00, which is being met from central Government funding. 

"The contract awarded did not meet the financial threshold for a full tender process. We're committed to using local providers wherever possible and always try to do so in the first instance."

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Dorset Council say they will "continue to monitor the level of need for additional resources over the coming weekend and may adjust them as necessary."