Leisure transfer moves forward to Full Council vote

As reported in today’s Redditch Standard, the transfer of some parts of leisure services in the town are proposed to be moved to a company that the council will set up. The plans are subject to the vote of Full Council, but with the Conservatives and Labour both supporting the plans at a previous committee meeting the process is very likely to go ahead.

The assets that are included in the proposals include the Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitors Centre, the Palace Theatre, Pitcheroak Golf Course and the community centres in Winyates Green, on Windmill Drive, in Oakenshaw and in Batchley. 

There are many reasons for the transfer, including savings to the council. It is also about building a leisure service that is better able to respond to the needs of its customers. 

At the previous committee meeting (Executive Committee) the Labour delegates tried to put forward an amendment to allow a competition to run for the naming of the new company. With the company planned for starting-out on 1 October ahead of a full go-live date of 1 December there just isn’t enough time to run a proper and fair competition – to do anything less than a proper job of it would be a disservice. I’m a little perplexed why the Labour group didn’t include this in the original plans when they were in control for six years?

It remains to be seen whether or not Labour will attempt to bring the same amendment at Full Council. 

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Updated Advice on Bin Collections from the Council – Tue 4th Sept 2018

The following has just been issued as a press release from Redditch Borough Council. The bit that affects Church Hill residents is that this Friday’s green bin collection should be back to normal, and next week’s grey bin will also be back to normal by then too. I will keep you all updated if this changes through my Facebook Page.

Advice on waste collection services in Redditch issued today (Tuesday 4th September).

The service is approximately 1 day behind so in order to catch up we have put a plan in place to get collections back to normal by next week.

If your bin is usually collected on a Tuesday, please leave your bin out on Wednesday.

If your bin is usually collected on a Wednesday, please DO NOT put your bin out this week and we will return to collect double the amount on your next green bin collection date. Extra recycling should preferably be put in cardboard boxes and left at the side of the bin for collection.

Green bin collections will run as normal this week for residents whose bins are usually collected on Thursday and Friday.

Next week’s grey bin collections should run as normal.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, whose portfolio covers Environmental Services, said: 

“After an incredible series of unforeseen issues last week, from staff sickness to vehicle breakdowns, our teams have worked very hard to catch up so that now we are only a day behind where we should be.

“Unfortunately with grey bin collections hanging over from last week, we have had to prioritise collecting these over collecting all of the recycling rounds. Whilst we are sorry that this will affect our residents whose bins are normally collected on a Wednesday, we have agreed that the teams will collect any extra recycling left out on their next recycling collection day.

“We’re very sorry if you have been affected by the issues in any way but if all goes to plan we should be back on track for next week’s collections.

“We can then move forward, assess the situation and put in place long-term plans to ensure that the service is stable for the future, reducing the risk of a repeat occurrence.”

ENDS

Bin Collection Disruption in Redditch: Why and How Long?

As the new administration on Redditch Borough Council we have been hard at work trying to bring financial balance to the books. One area that has massively overspent in the last year is around refuse collection and in particular the use of agency staff, which was only intended to plug gaps around sickness and holiday leave. The overspend was in the region of £120,000, and as we got the financial data for the current year it became apparent this overspend was continuing.

As the new administration on Redditch Borough Council we have been hard at work trying to bring financial balance to the books. One area that has massively overspent in the last year is around refuse collection and in particular the use of agency staff, which was only intended to plug gaps around sickness and holiday leave. The overspend was in the region of £120,000, and as we got the financial data for the current year it became apparent this overspend was continuing.

So the council is trying to change how things work. Gone is the spending on agency workers. Some of the regular agency workers have now been taken on to full-time contracts with the council, giving them a bit more job security and helping the council to control costs. 

How long will disruption continue?

Unfortunately, the answer to this isn’t straightforward. The council needs to change the working practices of the staff  – and apply it across two councils owing to our service being shared with Bromsgrove. This involves proper processes and consultations with staff, unions and other partners.  The sooner everyone can agree to the changes the sooner the disruption can end. 

This could mean disruption continues for weeks yet. Although the bins will all be emptied, they might not be emptied on the intended day (which is Friday in Church Hill). Any missed collections are prioritised for the next working day – Tuesday in the case of Church Hill as the service only runs from Tuesday to Friday. Residents are advised to leave their bin out until Tuesday, making sure it is kerbside by 7AM on Tuesday ready for collection.

Get updates and alerts about issues in Church Hill

I have set up a ‘virtual Councillor’ chatbot on Facebook. This can provide you with reminders and alerts about things that affect Church Hill residents. It can also help you with a range of questions and issues. 

  • Click here to subscribe to local alerts and broadcasts about Church Hill

  • Redditch Bin Collection Calendar 2018: Which bin should I put out tonight?

    You can use the image below to check which bin to put out in 2018. Bookmark this page for easy access later.

    Redditch Bin Collection Calendar 2018

    If you are unable to access the image you can click the link below for the PDF version.

    When is Bin Collection Day for Church Hill, Redditch?

    • Bins in Church Hill are emptied on a FRIDAY.
    • Place your bin by the kerb by 7am.
    • Your bin may not be collected if the lid is not closed, or it’s too heavy.
    • Remove your bin from the public pathways as soon as possible.

    Do you (or someone you know) struggle with putting your bins out?

    If you are ill, have a disability or other good reason why you cannot put your own bins to the kerbside the Council does offer an assisted collection service. Please email [email protected] if you would like to know more about this.

    Where is the tip? When is the tip open?

    For everything you need to know about the local tip please click here.