Threats in­ves­ti­gated

‘Never an ex­cuse for threat­en­ing be­hav­iour’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

The man who led Dundee’s much-crit­i­cised bin shake-up to­day con­demned threats of phys­i­cal vi­o­lence lev­elled at waste man­age­ment staff.

Neigh­bour­hood ser­vices con­vener Kevin Cordell con­firmed he was aware there had been threats aimed at em­ploy­ees while im­ple­ment­ing bin changes through­out the city.

The new re­cy­cling scheme — which started in 2015 — is cur­rently in its fourth phase and has en­coun­tered a num­ber of prob­lems.

Mr Cordell ad­mit­ted ear­lier this year that he was dis­ap­pointed that so many peo­ple were not get­ting the ser­vice that they de­served.

How­ever, he slammed the threats to­wards waste man­age­ment staff, which he said were cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Mr Cordell said he did not know how many threats there had been, but said that even one was “one too many”.

The con­vener con­tin­ued: “Sadly, I am aware there have been some pre­vi­ous threats of phys­i­cal vi­o­lence to staff whilst im­ple­ment­ing the changes.

“I do not have those fig­ures but cer­tainly from my per­spec­tive, one in­ci­dent is too many.

“The depart­ment has a zero- tol­er­ance pol­icy to any threats of this na­ture and they will be pur­sued through the an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour team, Dundee City Coun­cil’s le­gal team and by li­ais­ing with Po­lice Scot­land.

“Clearly the lat­est phase of the roll-out was not with­out its dif­fi­cul­ties but there can never be an ex­cuse for vi­o­lent or threat­en­ing be­hav­iour to­wards staff or in­deed elected mem­bers.”

The news of staff be­ing threat­ened was re­cently high­lighted at a West End com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing.

Chair­man Peter Men­zies, who spoke at the meet­ing, com­mended the work waste man­age­ment staff had car­ried out in the West End and hit out at any threats made against staff.

Mr Men­zies added: “I know from the West End per­spec­tive the work waste man­age­ment staff is do­ing is tremen­dous — they are work­ing tire­lessly for the West End com­mu­nity.

“I know the tran­si­tion has been dif­fi­cult but there is no place to sub­ject mem­bers of staff to threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.”

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An over­flow­ing bin in Men­zieshill.

Kevin Cordell

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