SNP motion is defeated
The meeting also considered a second motion by the SNP, officially noting the authority’s “dissatisfaction” with Councillor Logue and infrastructure convener Michael McPake for the decision-making around the new system.
However, it was defeated 36-28 after the Labour and Conservative leaders conjoined their separate amendments, which “thanks staff for their hard work in rolling out the new waste cycle, apologises for any inconvenience this may cause” and agreeing that all councillors will support staff in overcoming challenges and meeting waste targets.
Deputy group leader Tom Johnston said: “Jim Logue said during the election campaign that there would be no changes to the bin cycles at all, then did a total U-turn after the election.
“It ended up in a total farce. Three-week collections first appeared at committee in 2015; the broken election promises created uncertainty.”
Glenboig representative Councillor McPake called the motion “the worst type of politics” and said:“The problems have been completely unforeseen; anyone who thought this would be seamless is kidding themselves on.”
Airdrie North independent Alan Beveridge later called the motion a “personal attack on administration members” and said: “Our officers are sorting out the issues with recycling, and I welcome the report in six months’ time.”
Unforseen problems Councillor Michael McPake