Coun­cil fleet car used to clear ex­cess rub­bish

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

BLACK bags filled with rub­bish have been spotted be­ing loaded into the back of one of Dundee City Coun­cil’s elec­tric fleet cars.

Now a lo­cal trade union leader is calling for as­sur­ances over the clear­ing of rub­bish from Dundee streets fol­low­ing the re­ports.

Irene Mitchell, of Bal­gar­thno Road, said she had been shocked to watch the “smartly dressed” man load the bags into the car.

Mrs Mitchell, 64, said the man – dressed in a jumper and trousers but wear­ing gloves – ar­rived to re­move the bags fol­low­ing com­plaints that rub­bish had been al­lowed to build up on her street for nine weeks.

Mrs Mitchell said she had com­plained af­ter the rub­bish was not re­moved.

She added: “Fol­low­ing my com­plaint, the man ap­peared.

“I was quite sur­prised as I watched him re­move sev­eral bags of rub­bish and load them into the car.

“I would have ex­pected a bin lorry to come and take away the rub­bish, not a man in a small car.”

Ge­orge Barr, lo­cal con­vener of Unite’s en­vi­ron­men­tal di­vi­sion, said he had been in touch with the coun­cil about the mat­ter.

Mr Barr added: “I was told that a su­per­vi­sor had in­deed col­lected rub­bish in the back of the car, but this had been a one-off sit­u­a­tion to get rub­bish cleared from the street fol­low­ing com­plaints.

“I have ex­pressed the union’s con­cerns to the coun­cil and am seek­ing as­sur­ances that this won’t hap­pen again.

“I’m pre­pared to ac­cept that this hap­pened in a bid to clear the mess on the street but it is not ac­cept­able.

“This raises all sorts of health and safety con­cerns.

“It also comes at a time where en­vi­ron­men­tal de­part­ment work­ers are con­tin­u­ing to fight to safe­guard jobs as a re­sult of coun­cil cuts.

“They are also still in talks over terms and con­di­tions.

“This must not be al­lowed to hap­pen again and the union will be mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.”

A spokes­woman for Dundee City Coun­cil said: “Where ap­pro­pri­ate, ac­tion will be taken by a su­per­vi­sor to up­lift ex­cess lit­ter.”

Lo­cal trade union leader Ge­orge Barr is seek­ing as­sur­ances over the clear­ing of rub­bish from city streets.

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