Southport bin collection delays
A Southport Councillor is investigating the cause of repeated delays in the new bin-emptying schedules.
Local Lib Dem Deputy leader Councillor Tony Dawson says:
“Councillors have recently been informed that the reason for failures in the bin emptying schedule were the contracts which the Council entered into with a manufacturer to provide the four new 32 tonne vehicles needed to get all the the expanded system involving the bottles, tins, newspapers etc in the brown bins.
“What I am not happy about is the fact that neither the councillors nor the public were told about the mini-chaos they were obviously going to experience before it happened.”
“Residents from Aughton Road, Birkdale, have reported two successive August collections of grey waste not collected on the new due day (Wednesday) immediately the new schedules came in. In the first case the bins were collected on the following day (Thursday) and on the second occasion (this weekend) the bins were not collected, despite assurances given when the residents phoned on intervening days, till the Saturday. It was a very hot week and all the bins of Southern Road were left out in a cluster at the junction with Aughton Road with flies buzzing around. Residents were less than pleased.”
“So that residents can know what has happened, I have asked council officers for precise details of how and when this problem occurred and why there wqas no forewarning given”
“I would have thought that if the responsibility for the late delivery of new 32 tonne vehicles which caused the revised collection schedules to be ‘undeliverable’ lay entirely with the manufacturer rather than the Council then there might have been a potential to claim back cash to pay for overtime and thus maintain the schedules.”
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