£7.2m roads up­grade is near­ing com­ple­tion

Al­most 70 car­riage­ways have been resur­faced

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09.11.2018 A £7.2mil­lion pro­gramme to up­grade Ren­frew­shire’s roads is now near­ing com­ple­tion.

It has been con­firmed that the sched­uled resur­fac­ing of roads and foot­ways - which started in April - is now 75 per cent fin­ished.

A to­tal of 68 roads have un­der­gone resur­fac­ing, while 24 car­riage­ways have been sur­face dressed.

Be­tween April and Septem­ber, 24.6 kilo­me­tres of roads were resur­faced.

More than 8,000 pot­holes were filled in the area - a 25 per cent in­crease on the 6,400 filled dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The fig­ures were pub­lished in a re­port to Wed­nes­day’s In­fra­struc­ture, Land and En­vi­ron­ment Pol­icy Board, re­veal­ing the depart­ment’s per­for­mance across roads, waste col­lec­tion and work place ab­sence.

The coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment team is cur­rently fi­nal­is­ing prepa­ra­tion for waste changes, which will kick­s­tart on Novem­ber 12.

The de­liv­ery of the new green bin - for plas­tics, cans and glass - will take place be­tween Novem­ber 12 and 30.

The new routes have been rub­ber stamped, with the first col­lec­tion of resid­ual waste tak­ing place on De­cem­ber 3.

Dur­ing the first six months of the year, 48 per cent of house­hold waste was re­cy­cled - a three per cent in­crease on the same pe­riod last year.

Changes to bin col­lec­tions aim to fur­ther boost re­cy­cling, as ev­i­dence has shown 69 per cent of rub­bish put in gen­eral waste could have been re­cy­cled.

As part of the changes, the blue bin will be for pa­per and card­board only and will be col­lected on al­ter­na­tive fort­nights with the green bin.

Mean­while, the coun­cil has been work­ing to clean the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, with more than 9,000 gul­lies and 150 tonnes of waste re­moved be­tween April and Septem­ber.

Al­most 800 bags of rub­bish have been col­lected, as 5,460 ad­di­tional hours of com­mu­nity lit­ter pick­ing were clocked dur­ing the six-month pe­riod.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity is also look­ing to tackle ab­sence lev­els within the depart­ment, af­ter it lost an aver­age of 6.93 days per full-time em­ployee - 2.63 days more than its tar­get level.

Long-term ab­sence ac­counts for 80 per cent of the over­all rate, with short- term tak­ing up the re­main­ing 20 per cent.

The coun­cil has in­tro­duced phys­io­ther­apy at its Un­der­wood Road de­pot to com­bat the prob­lem, while it has con­firmed it is work­ing closely with HR to im­prove how it man­ages ab­sence.

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