It’s now possible for private and business motorists to get annual MOT Tests carried out on their vehicles by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
This little-known council MOT service is one of a series of income-generating services carried out by the council which are now set-out in an internal council report.
Until now, the MOT testing service been largely regarded as a facility for the council’s own fleet of vehicles and lorries – and was also “available to council staff” – but now any member of the public can ask the council to carry out an MOT test .
Amongst the other less well-known services which the Vale Council currently offers (or plans to offer) – are: –
In September 2016, the Council entered into a partnership with the Council Advertising Network to provide advertising space on the Council’s website.
School Meals Catering Company
It was the Labour administration of the Vale Council which in April this year set up the council’s first local-authority trading company. The new company will provide the council’s school meal service and is to “ explore a range of commercial opportunities to maximise revenue which will be invested in schools”.
Advertising on Roundabouts and Boundary Signs
A tie-up with the media company Immediate Solutions provides “advertising opportunities on the Council’s roundabouts and boundary signs.
Income from Council Buildings
The Vale Council has renovated a number of its buildings in order to lease them out to external organisations.
The council provides a number of memorial services, including memorial trees and benches in Country Parks, as well in open spaces. The Penarth Pier Plaque Scheme is reported to have “proved to be extremely popular”.
Public Sector Collaboration
The Vale Council’s Legal Services Department currently provides support to Cardiff Council for childcare services – an activity which is said to generates income and “enable increased staffing levels”.
The Vale Council’s payroll service currently “provides support to a number of schools and other organisations, including Town and Community Councils and the Glamorgan Voluntary Service.”
The Vale Council’s highly-regarded Information Communications Technology Department (ICT) already provides services to “a number of schools across the Vale to generate income” . The Vale Council also says it now develops and supports websites for town and community councils. Penarth Town Council is not amongst its clients.