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Wait lengthens for Banbridge council contract challenge

A judicial review of a recycling contract has more than doubled in length due to the weight of evidence.

Bryson Recycling has challenged a decision taken by Banbridge District Council in 2011 to take its kerbside recycling in-house without a tendering exercise.

Hearings had been expected to last for two days last week, but continued into Monday and Tuesday this week and are now not expected to conclude until Friday.

A Bryson spokeswoman said: “It has run on longer just from the weight of evidence to be heard.” The council declined to comment.

Bryson provided a kerbside recycling service from 2004 to 2012, and argues that the council’s decision to take the service in-house was unlawful and against residents’ best interests.

Director Eric Randall said: ‘We believe that councillors were not presented with the correct information to make an informed choice. 

“In the current economic climate councils cannot afford to take decisions that will cost more money for the ratepayer in the long run, affecting jobs and the local economy. 

“We believe that the correct way to determine best value is to put the recycling collection service out to tender and let the market decide.”

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