Wednesday, 17 Apr 2024

Council wastes £600k on depot where floor is too weak for bin lorries

Council wastes £600k on useless bin lorry depot where vehicles cannot be stored because the floor is too weak

  • Council in Conwy, north Wales, forced four weekly collections on households
  • They started paying rent on a waste depot in 2017 but they were unable to use it
  • The floor is too weak at the Colwyn Bay depot to house the bin lorries
  • Council’s cabinet member for finance said they were trying to get the cash back 
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A council which cut bin collections to once a month has spent £626,000 of taxpayers’ cash on a waste depot that it cannot use.

Despite fierce opposition, town hall chiefs in Conwy, north Wales, became the first in England and Wales to force four-weekly collections on households in September last year.

Yesterday it emerged the local authority, which raised council tax by almost 10 per cent last month, signed a deal to house bin lorries and gritters at a depot in Colwyn Bay.

But the property cannot be used because its floor is too weak. 

It has emerged that the waste depot property rented by Conwy Council could not house the bin lorries and gritters because the floor was too weak

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Despite this, the council started paying rent in February 2017.

It paid £391,500 up to June last year when the owner of the property agreed to freeze rent payments until the issue is resolved.

Another £234,800 has been paid in business rates for the depot since the lease was signed in May 2016.

Sam Rowlands, the local authority’s cabinet member for finance, revealed the spending to its scrutiny committee.

He added: ‘We have (lodged) an appeal to claw back this money…’

A spokesman for Conwy County Borough Council said the leasing decision ‘fell short of our own high standards’.

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