Heidi sets off on road trip – to the fu­ture

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THE new di­rec­tor of street scene ser­vices at West Lan­cashire bor­ough coun­cil is rel­ish­ing get­ting started in her new role.

Heidi McDougall comes to West Lan­cashire from Der­byshire Dales District Coun­cil

There she was head of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices and her wide range of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded refuse col­lec­tion, waste man­age­ment and street cleans­ing.

At Der­byshire Dales, she led the team to de­liver a range of fun­da­men­tal im­prove­ments in­clud­ing sav­ing time and money on col­lec­tion rounds.

With 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, Ms McDougall started her ca­reer as an en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer at Tame­side Coun­cil.

She worked at Rossendale coun­cil be­fore go­ing on to work at Sal­ford coun­cil where, as a neigh­bour­hood man­ager, she worked closely with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to tackle is­sues such as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, ini­ti­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal projects and the trans­fer of as­sets for com­mu­ni­ties to man­age.

In her new role with West Lan­cashire she will have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the coun­cil’s ap­proach to the street scene, in­clud­ing street cleans­ing, grounds main­te­nance, refuse and re­cy­clables col­lec­tions, the coun­cil’s trans­port fleet and com­mer­cial and bulky waste col­lec­tions.

Ms McDougall said: “I en­joy work­ing with peo­ple and I am look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenges ahead.

“A key pri­or­ity for the coun­cil is to be am­bi­tious for our en­vi­ron­ment by en­hanc­ing its clean­li­ness.

“I am look­ing for­ward to bring­ing my wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to West Lan­cashire, work­ing with coun­cil­lors, staff and the com­mu­nity to make sure we make the best use of our re­sources in street scene ser­vices, and con­tinue to pro­vide value for money.’’

She added: “Like most au­thor­i­ties West Lan­cashire bor­ough coun­cil is hav­ing to work hard to bal­ance the bud­get, and I am fo­cussed on mak­ing all our ser­vices the best they can pos­si­bly be for res­i­dents within the re­sources avail­able.”

Cllr Kevin Wilkie, the coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for street scene, said: “Heidi brings a lot of skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role of di­rec­tor and is an ex­cel­lent re­cruit for the coun­cil.

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her.”

Away from work Ms McDougall loves the out­doors and en­joys go­ing walk­ing or cy­cling.

Heidi McDougall re­ceives a warm wel­come from Cllr Kevin Wilkie

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