Tricky is­sue of bin pick-ups

Road end col­lec­tion action call

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Ask­ing some house­hold­ers to drag their bins to the end of their streets to be emp­tied was never go­ing to please everyone, Stir­ling Coun­cil’s environment con­vener has ad­mit­ted.

The road end col­lec­tion pol­icy sees some prop­er­ties hav­ing to take their bins to col­lec­tion points to avoid bin lor­ries tack­ling nar­row or dif­fi­cult routes.

How­ever, it was only rein­tro­duced at the start of the sum­mer af­ter pre­vi­ous de­lays sparked by con­cerns.

At a full meeting of Stir­ling Coun­cil last Thurs­day, environment and hous­ing con­vener Coun­cil­lor Jim Thom­son con­ceded im­ple­men­ta­tion was al­ways likely to be con­tro­ver­sial.

Trossachs Tory coun­cil­lor Martin Earl had asked Coun­cil­lor Thom­son to halt the roll­out of the new road end col­lec­tions cri­te­ria and un­der­take a full re­view, in­clud­ing seek­ing views from all coun­cil­lors.

He added: “Noth­ing has been done about the in­fra­struc­ture at road ends.”

Coun­cil­lor Thom­son stopped short of a U-turn, how­ever he agreed to meet with Coun­cil­lor Earl out­with the meeting to dis­cuss con­cerns.

Coun­cil­lor Thom­son added: “It was never go­ing to be easy to in­tro­duce. I un­der­stand fully the is­sues in re­gards to road end col­lec­tions, it was al­ways go­ing to be a con­tro­ver­sial pol­icy to im­ple­ment.

“There was an equal­i­ties im­pact as­sess­ment car­ried out to in­form mem­bers, to as­sist elected coun­cil­lors in con­sid­er­ing the is­sue as part of the 2015/16 pri­or­ity based bud­get.

“Elected mem­bers and com­mu­nity coun­cils, along with af­fected res­i­dents, are con­sulted in ad­vance of the changes within each area as the roll­out pro­gresses.”

A meeting of the coun­cil’s environment and hous­ing com­mit­tee last month heard that so far 56 prop­er­ties had been moved to 23 road end col­lec­tion points.

In Septem­ber 2017 coun­cil of­fi­cials pro­posed that res­i­dents in roads with 15 prop­er­ties or less would have to put their bins at the end of their street for col­lec­tion.

This was on the back of a road end col­lec­tions roll­out agreed in 2015 but de­layed un­til the new wider waste col­lec­tion sys­tem was put in place and given a chance to bed in.

A planned roll­out in the Balquhid­der area had also been halted.

The coun­cil says the road end sys­tem is aimed at re­duc­ing the num­ber of lo­ca­tions where waste col­lec­tions are made on un­suit­able roads, keep­ing the num­ber of large ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling ex­ces­sive dis­tances to a min­i­mum and es­tab­lish­ing safe, re­li­able col­lec­tion points.

Last year of­fi­cials es­ti­mated that, of the routes likely to be af­fected by the change, up to 2445 prop­er­ties out of 7505 would be im­pacted, around 79 hours would be saved by the col­lec­tion ser­vice and up to 563 or the 3540 miles trav­elled in the af­fected ar­eas saved.

This was never to go­ing to be easy to in­tro­duce...it was al­ways go­ing to be a con­tro­ver­sial pol­icy to im­ple­ment

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