Report from Councillor Barry
Have attended scrutiny committee this month with focus on leisure centre expenditure and viability. The experience of running the Town Lido has provided some insight into revenue and expenditure issues, which is usefully transferrable to the district level. Budget setting and monitoring are important aspects of this committees business in coming months.
Report from Councillor Steady
26th September attended Audit Committee meeting.
2nd October attended Standards Committee meeting. Also attended Wivenhoe Town Council, with Councillor Barry, regarding North East Essex Garden Communities.
11th October attended Cabinet Meeting.
16th October attended the first Scrutiny Committee Meeting regarding the North East Essex Garden Communities.
Please see below an update from Cllr Michael Talbot, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Space regarding the Waste/Recycling service
“Dear Fellow Councillor,
I met with our waste and recycling team this morning and later with the Waste Contractor, Veolia.
It is clear that after four weeks of the new service, there are still a number of teething problems but between our officers and the contractor we discussed measures that are either currently in place or being put in place to normalise the service as quickly as possible.
Whilst collected tonnages and vehicle mileages are being evaluated by the contractor so as to obtain a complete picture, it has been reported and admitted that the Thursday collection round on both cycles does appear to be the one with the biggest changes; these principally cover Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford, St Osyth and Thorrington.
These rounds are being examined over the next four to six weeks to find the best way to deal with the issues and in the meantime Veolia will operate a service on the Friday in these areas to pick up Waste and Recyclate which was not collect on the scheduled Thursday. Our TDC website has been updated to advise residents’ to leave their uncollected Thursday waste out for collection on the Friday or even Saturday if it was missed on the Thursday, but if you as local Councillors are asked by any of your residents regarding their bin being missed on any particular day, please advise them to leave the bin out for collection on a subsequent day.
Could I also advise members that the quickest and most efficient way to report any missed bin is via our Customer Support Team, not via personal contact with Veolia or via myself or via any of the senior officer team or via Jon Hamlet’s Team, as all reports are referred to our customer support team who use established contact lines directly with Veolia. Missed collections can be reported via an on line form obtained from https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/node/14187 – or by telephone to our Customer Support team on 01255 686788 or 686868.
Some areas are experiencing delays in their collections due to a number of factors. There is the additional tonnage of recycled material to be collected; we have new crews needing to becoming familiar with their new rounds, but we are working hard along with Veolia to minimise these disruptions; we have crews working at weekends to ensure that, even if a collection day was missed, all materials are collected for that particular week. As I said above if a bin is missed, particularly on a Thursday, which is the day under most stress, please leave the bin out as it will be collected on Friday or Saturday.
I should add that both Paul Price and Damian Williams were participants at today’s meetings.
Cllr. Michael Talbot,
Cabinet Member for the Environment.
26th September 2019.”