Uckfield benefits as Kier pays out over missed waste collections

Community projects in Uckfield will get money paid by Kier as a penalty for poor performance with waste and recycling collections across the Wealden district.

The company has agreed after negotiations with the council that a total of £110,000 will be paid this year. More than £6,000 of that total will come to Uckfield.

Kier will also pay £30,000 each year for the next five years – the money going into the district council’s community fund.

There was uproar after the new collection service started on July 22 last year. Nearly every community suffered missed collections; some residents refuse not being collected for weeks on end.

Performance target

Kier has now almost reached the performance target of 99.8 per cent – the last figure available showed performance at 99.7 per cent.

Leader of Wealden District Council, Cllr Bob Standley, told UckfieldNew.com that payments from Kier were in recognition of the “distress” caused to residents.

He said he had always been clear that any money received from the contractor should go to benefit the district’s communities and not be kept by the council for general expenses.

Community dividend

Each Wealden district councillor will be allocated a share of the £110,000 – the council calls its a “community dividend – to support projects that are important to their ward residents and communities.

To ensure that all communities gain in an equitable way from this dividend, the distribution of the money is based on 50 per cent being allocated in equal shares to each district councillor and 50 per cent being allocated to each district councillor on the basis of the number of parish councils they cover.

The district councillor must spend the money in 2014 and consult with town and parish councils on where the money should go. Neighbouring councillors can “pool” their money, if they so wish.

The scheme is subject to approval by the council’s Cabinet.

Uckfield councillors’ allocations

Under the scheme the following allocations will be made to Uckfield district councillors:

Cllr Claire Dowling (Uckfield Central) £1,278

Cllr Helen Firth (Uckfield Newtown) £1,244

Cllrs Louise Eastwood and Michael Lunn (Uckfield North) £1,247 each

Cllr John Carvey (Uckfield Ridgewood) £1,293.

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