Further discussions sought with Bridgend Council over its new waste collection scheme

I will shortly be meeting with the Leader of Bridgend Council Cllr Huw David to receive an update on what the Council is doing to address concerns about missed rubbish and recycling collections across the county borough. I have already been in communication with the Leader and several councillors to hear how they are dealing with problems that have arisen and have also made representations formally to the Council on behalf of many constituents who have contacted my office. This meeting is an opportunity to hear what further actions are being taken by the Council. I am pleased to hear that Kier will be taking on more staff to cover the backlog. It is important that the Council remind Kier of their contractual responsibilities, that the Council continues to address issues with the waste scheme and continues to be pro-active.

I am acutely aware that collections have been patchy. I too have experienced a mixed level of service. With a new scheme, there are bound to be teething problems and it is absolutely essential that these are resolved quickly so that people can have faith in the new system.

There has been a lot of misinformation flying around regarding my comments last week in Plenary about the new collection scheme. I know there have been some very real problems that people have experienced and I have not glossed over missed collections. Interpretation of someone’s comments is not fact.

This is a good scheme and it would be a pity if it was damaged by poor levels of service as it starts. It’s in everyone’s interest to get it right.