Bin cal­en­dar days now num­bered

New no­tices will be sent to homes af­ter coun­cil­lor’s back­lash on bins

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Fairnie

Stirling Coun­cil has con­firmed that res­i­dents will be is­sued with new waste col­lec­tion cal­en­dars – hav­ing pre­vi­ously been crit­i­cised for a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion over the is­sue.

Ross Oxburgh, coun­cil­lor for Stirling North, hit out at the lo­cal author­ity ear­lier this week for fail­ing to tell peo­ple how to get hold of in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to new sched­ules when the old cal­en­dars ex­pired at the end of last month.

It was ini­tially be­lieved that res­i­dents would have to ac­quire their own copies by go­ing on­line or at­tend­ing coun­cil of­fices.

The is­sue was raised when Mr Oxburgh at­tended a meet­ing of Cam­busken­neth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil where sev­eral vil­lagers spoke of their con­fu­sion and un­cer­tainty.

And he said: “I can com­pletely un­der­stand why this has an­noyed peo­ple. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing when col­lec­tions will take place is one of the fun­da­men­tal tasks the coun­cil must get right.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate cir­cu­lat­ing a printed cal­en­dar to ev­ery door will be ex­pen­sive and may not be pos­si­ble, but the coun­cil should have tried harder to get the in­for­ma­tion out to peo­ple.”

He added: “I hope the coun­cil will re­view their ap­proach and make a bet­ter ef­fort in fu­ture, while tak­ing into ac­count res­i­dents who may not be able to go out to find this in­for­ma­tion by them­selves.”

How­ever, coun­cil­lor Jim Thom­son, con­vener of the en­vi­ron­ment and hous­ing com­mit­tee, con­firmed yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) that new cal­en­dars will in fact be dis­trib­uted in the com­ing weeks and com­mit­tee mem­bers sim­ply wanted to de­bate the mat­ter be­fore tak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

He added: “In the in­terim the waste cal­en­dars are avail­able on the web­site at my.stirling.gov.uk/ser­vices/ waste-and-re­cy­cling, by se­lect­ing ‘My Bins’.

“Res­i­dents can in­put their post­code, se­lect an ad­dress and they’ll see the next col­lec­tion dates and be given the op­por­tu­nity to down­load or print a pdf ver­sion.

“Be­fore the last cal­en­dar ended we also made hard copies of these PDFs which are avail­able within Cus­tomer First in Stirling and in lo­cal of­fices.”

Of­fi­cers told the com­mit­tee meet­ing yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) that this would likely be the last time they would dis­trib­ute phys­i­cal copies but they would be avail­able for pickup from li­braries and other coun­cil premises.

Coun­cil­lor Martin Earl also sug­gested that PDF copies should be dis­trib­uted to groups such as com­mu­nity coun­cils in the fu­ture to en­sure peo­ple stay well in­formed of col­lec­tion sched­ules.

Hit out Cllr Ross Oxburgh

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