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Councillors demand answers on recycling collection

Created on 03/08/2022 @ 10:49

Two Welshpool area county councillors are demanding answers after recycling was again left on pavements by Powys County Council this week.

The councillors claim that residents in the Welshpool and district area are facing ongoing problems with non-collection and want answers from Councillor Jackie Charlton, the Portfolio Holder for a Greener Powys.

The Cabinet member has earlier stated that the council is facing a staff shortage but both councillors have written to Councillor Charlton calling for improvements.

This week large areas of Welshpool have not been collected at all.

Graham Breeze,(pictured right) the Independent councillor for Welshpool Llanerchyddol Ward, said:

Residents of Powys are continually seeing their recycling left on pavements and since the centralisation of services to Abermule my own Welshpool Llanerchyddol Ward has experienced problems on a weekly basis.

“The council continues to blame a workforce shortage for the ongoing issues.

“Could the Portfolio Holder please explain:

1. Why Powys County Council has lost staff in this particular area.

2. Why the authority is taking so long to recruit new staff

3. What recruitment processes are in place other than the council’s own social media and website.

4. When she sees a return to normal working conditions.

5. What is being done to ensure proper back-up is in place to provide cover on problem days and weeks.”

Amanda Jenner, (pictured right) Conservative councillor for Trewern and Leighton wrote:

“As you are aware, there are ongoing problems with the weekly waste and recycling collections being missed or delayed, particularly in North Powys. 

“What actions is the council taking to address workforce shortages and what steps are being taken to ensure that the council is a competitive and attractive employer in this sector?

“In addition, is the council reviewing possible common themes behind the ongoing issues with missed and delayed waste and recycling collections in order to try and improve the situation?”

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