Fresh appeal calls for u-turn over Stirling Council’s controversial …

More than 1000 residents have signed a new appeal urging Stirling Council to overturn the decision to switch to monthly bin uplifts.

The Stirling and Clackmannanshire Tory group launched the appeal to try and force the council into a U-turn over the highly controversial decision to revert from fortnightly collections to every four weeks.

The changes, which came in to force back in September, sparked outrage with a reduction in uplifts for grey bin (general waste) and blue bin (plastic, cans and cartons) collections.

But an initial appeal of 6,000 signatures, a further appeal of around 4,000 names, and a motion of no confidence lodged against the administration all failed to stop the changes being introduced.

The council said the early appeal was not valid, according to rules, because it related to a decision taken by complete council within a six-month period.

In Friday’s Observer we told how one rural councillor raised concerns that the suspension of additional festive bin collections, due to Covid-related staff shortages, has been exacerbated by Stirling’s switch to monthly uplifts last year.

Trossachs and Teith Tory councillor Martin Earl claims that, had the council not made the changes, then the disruption brought about by coronavirus would have been lessened.

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He said last week: “You cannot slash a basic service to the bone and get away with it.”

Now the Stirling Tory group have launched an online appeal to “rescue bin collections” in the vicinity.

The appeal reads: ‘Stirling Council’s SNP/Labour administration have made major changes to bin collections across Stirling – reducing the frequency of bin collection from every two weeks to every four weeks; removing the glass recycling service altogether; introducing a £35 per year charge for emptying the brown bin (garden waste).

“The SNP and Labour in Stirling are charging local residents more for less. They have already hiked council tax on hard-working families in addition again and are now cutting basic council sets like bin collections we all rely on.”

Councillor Neil Benny

Stirling Conservative group leader at Stirling Council, Councillor Neil Benny said: “Our appeal keeps gathering signatures, demonstrating the continued anger and frustration felt by Stirling’s residents and taxpayers at the cuts to a basic service they had imposed on them by the SNP led administration at Stirling Council.”

In response, Stirling North SNP councillor, Jim Thomson, convener of the ecosystem and housing committee, accused the Tories of “lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations”.

Stirling councillor Jim Thomson

He said: “They really have no shame. There is hardly a council run by them that comes close to providing as good a service as Stirling. Stirling provides more bin capacity every four weeks compared to Tory-run Perth and Kinross Council.

“The Tories don’t already collect glass in Perth and they are telling porkies about Stirling not collecting glass. Once the glass place scheme kicks in, Stirling residents will be asked to put residual glass in their blue bin, instead of the blue box.

“The Tories charge £40 per bin for garden waste collection in Perth, Stirling charges £35. Tory run Borders Council do not collect garden waste at all, its left to residents to get rid of it.

“The joint SNP and Labour administration had difficult decisions to make around the collection of domestic waste, however we are well placed to meet the challenging 2025 zero waste targets ahead of us.”



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