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News round-up 10/6

Strike suspended; Viridor grief over driver death; LCF consultation closes; Plastic plant remains closed following fire

Strike suspended as union and council negotiate

Refuse drivers have suspended strike action to negotiate with councillors over an on-going pay dispute.

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham and members of GMB trade union agreed to continue talks on 4 June following 34 days of protests since March.

The discussions will also look at improving current and future working relationship between the parties.

Press release

Viridor grief over driver death

Viridor has expressed its grief over the death of a collections services driver in a collision at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Lee Jane, 57 from Plymouth, had been with the company based at Plympton Depot for nine years.

South west regional director, Mark Woods said: “The loss has been deeply felt by the Viridor teams across Plymouth. Our sympathies and thoughts remain with Lee’s family, friends and colleagues.”

The company continues to work closely with the authorities on the ongoing investigation into the incident.

Press release

LCF reform consultation closes

The Treasury’s consultation on reform of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), whereby some of the proceeds from landfill tax are diverted to environmental good causes, is set to close.

Running from 18 March to 10 June, the consultation asked for feedback on the impact and workability of these proposals to help determine the final shape of reform of the LCF.

The fund has delivered more than £1.4bn to local projects across the UK since its introduction in 1996.

The proposals in the consultation do not cover Scotland as landfill tax and the LCF have been devolved.

HMRC

Plastic plant remains closed following fire

A Viridor plastic recycling plant remains closed following a fire on 7 June that destroyed 500 tonnes of stock and an office building.

A company spokesperson has told MRW the Medway City Estate site in Rochester is currently being cleaned and further assessments are taking place.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) crews contained the blaze close to its source overnight, preventing damage to the processing facility.

The company and emergency services are working together to complete a thorough and detailed investigation.

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