But Labour call it a non-story

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Cut­ting glass waste col­lec­tions from fort­nightly to ev­ery four weeks con­tin­ues to out­rage res­i­dents across the Stir­ling area.

But one coun­cil­lor de­scribed it as a “non-story”.

An­gry lo­cals took to so­cial me­dia and con­tacted the Ob­server by phone and email after dis­cov­er­ing the change posted on Stir­ling Coun­cil’s web­site, many of them by chance after check­ing why their boxes had not been emp­tied.

Heavy and overflowing boxes and the abil­ity of peo­ple to carry full con­tain­ers were among is­sues raised.

Lack of con­sul­ta­tion or in­for­ma­tion was an­other of the main bug­bears.

How­ever, the Labour group’s en­vi­ron­ment spokesper­son Danny Gib­son ac­cused the Ob­server of “gen­er­at­ing head­lines” on the is­sue.

The coun­cil said this week the change would make the sys­tem more ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and help ad­dress com­plaints over clut­tered streets.

It said the change had been gauged through com­ments and en­quiries as well as com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ings.

Lo­cal res­i­dents who have been com­plain­ing to their coun­cil­lors and con­tact­ing the Ob­server beg to dif­fer.

Derek McMil­lan from Loc­hearn­head said he only dis­cov­ered the glass col­lec­tion timetable had changed when his box was not emp­tied on Satur­day.

He con­tacted the coun­cil and was told it was not due to be col­lected un­til the end of the month.

“Stir­ling Coun­cil ob­vi­ously ex­pect us to spend all day look­ing through ev­ery part of their web­site just in case some­thing hap­pens,” he said.

“It is ridicu­lous. The com­mu­ni­ca­tion is shock­ing. We are pay­ing one of the high­est rates

Fi­asco Overflowing blue boxes were left in the street

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