Re­view of city’s street clean­ing ser­vice agreed

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DUNDEE City Coun­cil is to in­ves­ti­gate if cuts to its street clean­ing op­er­a­tions have made the city dirt­ier.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee has agreed to re­view whether the ser­vice has de­te­ri­o­rated since plans to cut 45 jobs from the street sweep­ing and open space man­age­ment ser­vice i n 2015.

Since then, a re­port from the Ac­counts Com­mis­sion found Dundee’s streets are be­com­ing dirt­ier.

The com­mis­sion found the city’s street clean­li­ness score has dropped by 1.6% over the past six years, while the coun­cil’s spend­ing on street clean­ing per 1,000 res­i­dents has been slashed by 39.8% over the same pe­riod.

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son asked the pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee to re­view the ef­fect of changes to the street clean­ing de­part­ment.

His mo­tion — unan­i­mously ap­proved by coun­cil­lors — said a re­view was nec­es­sary to gauge “the ef­fec­tive­ness of the re­vised street clean­ing op­er­a­tion”.

Mr Macpher­son said: “The staff do­ing street clean­ing do an ex­cel­lent j o b . H o w e v e r, re­cent changes have al­ready re­sulted in some 26 fewer posts in street clean­ing and this is bound to af­fect the ser­vice.

“It i s re­ally i mpor­tant there­fore that the street clean­ing op­er­a­tion is fully re­viewed and I am pleased the coun­cil has agreed to this.”

The coun­cil de­cided to axe the 45 posts in De­cem­ber 2015 as part of a money-sav­ing drive. The de­ci­sion saves the coun­cil £1.395 mil­lion a year.

All the jobs will go as a re­sult of vol­un­tary re­tire­ment or through nat­u­ral turnover. More than half of the po­si­tions have al­ready gone.

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