North Devon Council rubbish collection to combine with Mid Devon?
NORTH Devon Council is proposing to combine its rubbish and recycling collection service with that of Mid Devon District Council in a bid to reduce costs. The council executive committee is meeting this morning (Tuesday) with a recommendation before it to
NORTH Devon Council is proposing to combine its rubbish and recycling collection service with that of Mid Devon District Council in a bid to reduce costs.
The council executive committee is meeting this morning (Tuesday) with a recommendation before it to agree to shared management of the waste service "with immediate effect."
A report to the committee by acting chief executive Mike Mansell concluded "it is clear that sharing and partnering is increasingly the way things will have to be done in future,"
If agreed the two authorities would set out the way they will work together with a formal Memorandum of Understanding document.
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In his report Mr Mansell said benefits would include sharing of expertise and experience, the possibility of "cross border" collection and scope for Mid Devon to make use of the new Brynsworthy Environment Centre depot.
The full details of the proposal have yet to be discussed, but the report said "there may be opportunity to make consequent savings within the related support teams or crews and of course in regard to fleet, depot and other such headings."
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It concluded: "This furthers the council's intention to reduce costs and its wish to focus on streamlining management and back office rather than reducing front line service."
North Devon manager Martin Coles is to retire this month and the report proposed the joint service be run for an initial 12 months by Mid Devon waste manager Gary Pillings.