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Fed up with glass recycle excuses; Stirling viewLETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

I first made contact with Councillor Jim Thomson, chairperson of Stirling Council's environment and housing committee, on October 17, 2017 regarding issues with the household glass collection moving from two weeks to four weeks.

At this meeting, the issue was discussed mostly about why this was done as no public consultation or feasibility studies had taken place. I finished our email dialogue last month when it was apparent we were no further forward than we were 18 months ago.

I emailed for updates every month and always received the same answers: `no change' and `I will let you know when I have news'.

These are some of the excuses offered: `setting up a working group', `members of the working group off sick', `having a meeting to arrange a meeting', `overspends on budgets when I took over', `meetings with trade unions and manual handling groups', and `it was complicated after government proposal to introduce a deposit return scheme'.

I could go on and on with some ludicrous replies but I think you get the gist of things and I have copies of every email to back this up.

When I told him I believed he had just wasted 18 months of my time and his, the reply was he didn't think so. I then told him I was not going to contact him again in any capacity and would take this to other personnel. He replied: `feel free to share my emails' and `you could start a petition'.

I advised him that I thought he was above that comment and he said he was trying to be helpful. Yes, very trying, Councillor Thomson. If after 18 months you think you are not wasting time, you are sadly mistaken.

I sincerely hope Councillor Thomson does not reply to this as I can assure you, more excuses will be forthcoming. To use the budget cuts excuse at every opportunity is a sign of bad management as we all know they come every year, so why no forward planning? Is this the correct attitude of people or services to whom we pay our taxes? I think not,so remember these facts folks when we come to the election.

Jim Reid Ochilmount Bannockburn

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Date:May 29, 2019
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