What a waste

£1m on lor­ries that have never been used

The Galloway News - - REVELATION - Stu­art Gille­spie

The“bungling” coun­cil spent £1 mil­lion on bin lor­ries that have never been used.

The 11 lor­ries were bought for the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s ill-fated re­cy­cling scheme and have been stored so long that their war­ranties have now ex­pired be­fore they have even turned a wheel.

The rev­e­la­tion comes just weeks af­ter the coun­cil ad­mit­ted it had spent more than £400,000 stor­ing bins for the scheme.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Tax­Payer’s Al­liance, John O’Con­nell, said: “I’ve heard of rub­bish uses of tax­pay­ers’ money be­fore but this re­ally is un­for­giv­able.

“The waste in­volved in this story is all money that could have been spent on es­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vices like ed­u­ca­tion or front­line med­i­cal care but the coun­cil’s bungling has seen huge amounts of res­i­dents’ cash just thrown away.”

The coun­cil re­vealed in a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that it cur­rently has 11 un­used bin lor­ries which were bought be­tween 2013 and 2014 us­ing £1 mil­lion from Zero Waste Scot­land as it geared up for its new kerb­side re­cy­cling scheme.

It also ad­mit­ted that the war­ranties on all 11 have now ex­pired.

The lor­ries have been kept in stor­age around the re­gion af­ter the pi­lot project in Wig­town­shire hit prob­lems and burst its bud­get by £750,000.

The roll­out of the sys­tem across the rest of the re­gion, due to be­gin in the Ste­wartry in 2014, was put on hold.

The coun­cil ad­mit­ted last month it has spent more than £400,000 on stor­ing more than half a mil­lion items as­so­ci­ated with the project in a hanger in Dum­fries for nearly six years.

A fur­ther £15,500 was bud­geted for­mov­ing the items to the un­fin­ished zero waste park on the out­skirts of Dum­fries.

The coun­cil did not re­spond to a re­quest for a com­ment on the cost, nor pro­vide de­tails of when the scheme would be in­tro­duced in the rest of Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

Waste Coun­cil spent £400k on bins to be picked up by lor­ries, in­clud­ing the 11 still stored In­set John O’Con­nell

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