Coun­cil in vow over bin col­lec­tions

Western Daily Press - - News -

THE leader of Swin­don coun­cil has ruled out mak­ing bin and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions less fre­quent.

Op­po­si­tion coun­cil­lors raised the prospect of col­lec­tions ev­ery three or four weeks when the Con­ser­va­tive cab­i­net agreed to ex­tend the food waste col­lec­tion ser­vice bor­ough-wide.

That will add another £1.4 mil­lion to the cost of waste ser­vices, and con­sul­tants Meth­ods have been em­ployed to look at op­tions of sav­ing money.

Some coun­cil­lors thought that could in­clude less fre­quent rounds for waste and re­cy­cling.

But leader of the coun­cil David Re­nard has said that will not hap­pen: “We can con­firm and guar­an­tee that the cab­i­net will not be rec­om­mend­ing three- or four-weekly col­lec­tions un­der any cir­cum­stances.

“This has never been part of our plan.

“It is a shame that once again op­po­si­tion coun­cil­lors have de­lib­er­ately de­cided to en­gage in scare­mon­ger­ing of res­i­dents to cre­ate some pub­lic­ity for party po­lit­i­cal pur­poses.

“As a Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion we are here to do our very best for the peo­ple of Swin­don and call upon all coun­cil­lors to en­gage in re­spon­si­ble de­bate.”

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