Tuesday, February 10, 2015

West End Community Council meeting

Earlier this evening, I attended this month's West End Community Council meeting - one of the best attended in a long time.

It was good to see so many members of the public there - and part of the reason was that there was a presentation by council Environment Department staff about the revised waste and recycling collections in part of the West End, about to be further rolled out.

There was some concern expressed about the consultation process and the extent of communal bins being rolled out in part of Blackness Road.   I discussed these concerns at some length with the Environment Director yesterday.

The main point is that, whilst introducing communal bins will be welcomed in much of the tenemental part of Blackness Road east of Ashbank Road, where I get continual complaints about wheelie bins sitting permanently on the pavement, the intention is to have them also west of here up to Balgay Road (on the north side), where there has been no problem whatsoever with wheelie bin collections.    A rethink on that is necessary was the mood of the meeting tonight and I agree with that.

Tomorrow, I'll update my blog with the detail of what is currently being proposed and I would welcome further feedback from residents on this.

The meeting tonight also discussed other issues including the V&A budget concerns and the consultation on the possible closure of Menzieshill High School and its catchment area being included within the Harris Academy catchment area.