North Devon needs £1.5million to replace waste lorries

North Devon Council says its waste and recycling fleet of vehicles needs upgrading, as some near the

North Devon Council says its waste and recycling fleet of vehicles needs upgrading, as some near the end of their service lives. - Credit: Archant

Councillors being asked to approve plans to buy new vehicles and modernise the service.

NORTH Devon Council needs to find £1.5million in the next three years to replace its aging waste and recycling vehicles, councillors will be told today (Tuesday).

The executive committee is being recommended to approve plans to modernise the fleet in a rolling replacement programme, as some of the vehicles are up to 12 years old.

There are 68 vehicles, 58 directly owned by the council and 10 leased, but none have been replaced since a freeze was put on buying new ones in 2011 as part of an effort to save money.

If the motion is approved, councillors will be asked to agree to release £850,000 to allow the purchase of vehicles over the next two years.


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A report said the council did not currently have the funding available or forecast to meet the cost and may need to borrow it.

It said a further estimated £1.3m will be needed for replacements during 2016-17 and 2018-19.

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Councillor Rodney Cann, executive member for waste and recycling, said they were looking at modernising the fleet to suit modern recycling methods: “These vehicles will improve the safety of our staff, give us an opportunity for a more effective service and increase the type of materials that we can recycle.”

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