Council approve recycling changes

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Angus Council’s communities committee agreed a plan to meet £246,500 savings from recycling centre service provision.

The committee agreed the following in relation to recycling centres at their meeting today (Tuesday):–

Arbroath – to be retained and improved and open seven days, between 9.15am to 4pm (Monday to Sunday).

Montrose – to be retained and improved and open seven days, between midday and 4pm (Monday to Friday), 9.15am to 4pm (Saturday/Sunday).

Forfar/Kirriemuir – to develop a new centre in the area and open seven days, between midday and 4pm (Monday to Friday), 9.15 to 4pm (Saturday/Sunday).

Brechin – to open on four days between midday to 4pm (Monday and Friday) and 9.15am to 4pm (Saturday/Sunday).

Carnoustie – to open on four days, between midday and 4pm (Monday and Friday) and 9.15am to 4pm (Saturday/Sunday). The committee also agreed an amendment by Councillor Brian Boyd for Carnoustie to be open on a further midweek day (to be agreed) between midday and 4pm.

Current sites at Kirriemuir, Forfar and Monifieth will close.

In a statement announcing the decision, the council said: “The steps have been made necessary by severe budgetary pressures, but it is hoped they will deliver a service that is easy to use, fit for the 21st century and which complements the recycling efforts of the council and our communities.”

Communities convener Donald Morrison said he and colleagues had to make “extremely tough decisions in ensuring non-ring-fenced frontline services can continue to be delivered as much as possible and where possible.”

He added: “This council has already agreed to take the year-on-year saving of £250,000 at our budget in February and the effect of this is stark and shows the reality of austerity beginning to bite and bite hard on local government, with a further near £40million package of savings needed to be found in the next four years.”

Members also agreed Councillor Morrison’s amendment that Angus Council officers and officials work with colleagues at Dundee City Council to agree a shared services arrangement that would allow Angus residents to access the recycling centre at Baldovie, Dundee and to report back to the convener and vice-convener.

The council statement also noted that Councillors Brown, Fotheringham, McLaren, May, Myles, Proctor and Smith all requested that their dissent be recorded.