Calderdale Liberal Democrat Councillors are calling for the Council to be tougher with waste collection firm Suez over recent failures to collect waste and recycling from Calderdale households.
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr Ashley Evans (Warley) told us: “Calderdale residents are rightly angry that their waste and recycling are not being collected as they should be. This is a service that the Council, and therefore the people of Calderdale, pays a lot of money for and we all deserve a better service.”
“Suez have come up with a number of excuses for the drop in their performance, but the bottom line is they are not doing what they are paid to do. The Labour Leadership of the Council really needs to take a tougher line with Suez. Unlike the Council, Suez does not appear to be particularly short of money.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker (Warley) added: “If Suez cannot complete all the collection rounds due to driver shortages, then surely they are saving money on wages and fuel. We think it is reasonable to ask that the people of Calderdale get a share of these savings as they are the ones receiving a reduced service.”
“It seems to us that the Labour leadership is being taken for a ride over this and this brings into question their ability to manage the Council’s finances. They need to be tougher with Suez to either get the service back up to agreed levels or get some money back” said Cllr Baker