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Conwy councillors revolt over four-weekly collections

Conwy County Borough Council councillors have delayed the roll-out of four-weekly residual household collections after a fractious meeting heard that residents were having problems with recycling.

A special meeting was held in response to councillors’ concerns about the new collection regime, which was rubber-stamped by the cabinet committee last month.

Plans to phase in the four-weekly service by the end of 2019 have now been sent back to the committee to consider further measures to help people adjust to the new system.

At the start of the special meeting, council chair Brian Cossey (Welsh Liberal Democrats) warned that the debate would consider only the mitigation measures when going four-weekly and that “anyone looking to reopen the debate [going back to three-weekly] would have their microphone turned off”.

He told members: “Despite what you have read on facebook, etc, council cannot overrule cabinet.”

But Welsh Labour councillor Ronnie Hughes said people were having trouble with four-weekly collections and that the mitigation proposals would not be delivered quickly enough.

Although he was not against moving to four-weekly, he warned: “Education is the main issue, no doubt about it. If you push people, people are going to push back.”

He demanded that the meeting recorded a vote to ask the cabinet committee to reconsider its decision.

Following a series of procedural votes, the following motion was put the meeting: “The council asks cabinet to reconsider their resolution of 23 January in respect of introducing four-weekly waste collections until cabinet is wholly satisfied that all education and communication mitigation measures raised at council today are in place.”

Twenty-four voted in favour, 18 against and three abstained.

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