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Denbighshire’s ‘shambolic recycling scheme’ blamed on cabinet

Denbighshire County Council

DENBIGHSHIRE’S former cabinet has distanced itself from the roll-out of the council’s ‘shambolic’ recycling scheme.

The council launched its new Trolibocs system last month, but many residents have had to endure missed collections amid a “chaotic” rollout.

Both the council’s leader and chief executive have apologised for the troublesome roll-out.

The former regime has now come forward to distance itself from the scheme.

The statement issued to the Local Democracy Reporting Service comes after cabinet member for recycling Cllr Barry Mellor suggesting the previous independent-Conservative run cabinet had initiated the recycling plans back in 2018.

Speaking at a meeting at the council’s Ruthin County Hall HQ last week, Cllr Mellor said: “This roll-out was brought forward by the last cabinet.

“But we as a cabinet believe it was the correct thing to do, and that’s why we’ve carried on with that.”

Conservative councillor Brian Jones then accused the current Labour-led cabinet of blaming the previous administration when it was the current regime conducting the roll-out.

This prompted leader Cllr Jason McLellan to accept responsibility for the roll-out.

“I’m going on record and take full accountability,” he’d said.

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“The roll-out happened on my watch. I’m not blaming anyone on the previous cabinet for the circumstances of the roll-out.”

Independent Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts branded the roll-out “a shambles” at the same meeting.

Now in a statement issued from the Independent Group of Denbighshire Councillors, the independents distanced themselves from the recycling scheme.

Instead, the party argued, they had only voted on the concept back in December 2018, not the finer details.

The statement read: “Contrary to certain politically motivated statements being made in the media, the Denbighshire Independent County Councillors group wish to rectify some disturbing misconceptions.

“In 2018, under pressure from Welsh Government, the previous coalition cabinet of Denbighshire County Council set in motion steps to make provision for the separation of all recyclable waste material.

“At that time, the preferred Welsh Government method of delivery was the Trolibocs system as employed by various other councils throughout Wales.

“In the ensuing five years, however, much has changed economically to affect the implementation and delivery of this project.

“By his own recorded admission, the current council leader, Jason McClellan, has admitted that it is he and his Labour-led cabinet for the past two years, and not the previous administration, that bear full responsibility for the roll-out and delivery of this scheme.

“At no point was this presented to full council discussion.”

Denbighshire County Council was contacted for comment.

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