Indecision and Paralysis Hits Falkirk Council Administration

stephen-birdThere was high farce within Falkirk Council’s Executive Committee as Labour members failed to agree amongst themselves as to the future shape of the Refuse Collection Service.

Having already taken a decision to move from the current three week collection to a four week collection in February of this year with an October 1 implementation date a high level policy development panel was set up and met over the subsequent four months to work out how best to implement the changes to the service.

However, the Labour members on the panel failed to reach an agreement within their own ranks resulting in the panel failing to make any firm recommendations to the Executive forcing council leader, Craig Martin to move that the matter be held in abeyance until after the summer recess leaving only a few weeks before the four weekly collection comes in.

During the subsequent debate the SNP members of the committee were able to demonstrate that since the Labour / Tory coalition introduced fees for special uplifts the instances of fly tipping have rocketed, a fact Labour members have always denied. In four years fly tipping incidents have gone from 1091 in 2011 to 1860 in 2014.

The cost of clearing this mess has also rocketed from £81,825 to £139,500 over the same period.

There was also an admission that increased contamination of recycling blue bins was costing Council Taxpayers an arm and a leg when the blue bin collection should bring in an income if handled properly.

SNP Environmental spokesperson, Cllr Stephen Bird said,

“There is money available from the Scottish Government for investment in producing a better more efficient refuge collection service that is being put at risk because of splits and divisions within the Administration.

The lack of leadership and direction of he Labour Group is only matched by their lack of discipline in what has been a farce of a process.

The SNP by contrast have been clear and consistent and played a positive role within the Policy Development Panel and had hoped that the Labour members would do likewise but it became very clear from an early stage that this was a forlorn hope as internal divisions was causing a paralysis within the Labour Party.”

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