Work on a new waste collection contract for Wealden is ‘progressing well’ and a preferred contractor is due to be named on November 30.
A report to Wealden Council’s overview and scrutiny committee which met on November 12, said the recommendation would be subject to approval by each member of the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership.
Currently Wealden and Rother district councils, and Hastings and Eastbourne borough councils, have a contract with Kier, which was due to run until 2023 but is being brought to an end in June 2019.
Read more about the end of that contract here: New rubbish and recycling collection contractor on the way.
There have been a huge number of complaints about refuse collection within Wealden this year. In September, for example, it was reported that there were more than 2,000 missed bins in one week mid-July.
But the most recent report to Wealden’s overview and scrutiny committee said Kier’s performance had improved markedly in the last three weeks.
The report from economic development and waste management portfolio holder Cllr Roy Galley said: “Missed bins were 218 in the week commencing October 22, which is not far in excess of the target.
“We are still finalising with Kier ways for them to increase resources to stabilise and maintain performance. It is important we do not have another dramatic decline.”