Reader’s letter from Cllr Roy Galley

I read with some surprise your report of Monday 15 May that waste and recycling collection standards in Wealden had declined.

You seem to have taken my recent reports to the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee and applied your own misinterpretation.  I am writing to correct this.

You claim that performance is deteriorating yet rightly quote from my May report to the committee that the position on street cleansing ‘is improving’. 

We expect our recycling rate to be comfortably above 50% for 2016-17 – a rising trend and the best performance across East Sussex. 

Yes, we want to continue to reduce the number of missed collections to below 120 a week – but Kier regularly collects over 68,000 bins in Wealden each week.  This represents a success rate of over 99.8%. 

I do not accept that this equates to a ‘declining standard’.  I made no linkage to the ending of the contract because there is none.  We – and Kier – are committed to maintaining performance over the next two years.

Roy Galley, Wealden District Council Cabinet Member for Waste Management

• You can read our report here which quotes from Cllr Galley’s reports to the committee. In January he described collection performance as “good”, two months ago as “working well” and now for the meeting on May 22 as being “reasonable”.

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