The issues of black-bin bag collection intervals and of “seagull-safe” bin-bags has been raised in Questions to Cabinet Members at the Vale of Glamorgan Council by Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell).
Cllr Wilson’s written question was “Could the Cabinet Member direct me to any Vale of Glamorgan Council Report in which it is suggested that the introduction of four-weekly black bin-bag collections was planned, as suggested in many of his colleagues’ election leaflets?”
Responding Cllr Geoff Cox – cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport said: – “The comments concerning black-bag collection in the leafelts you refer to related to the actions of a number of authorities in Wales who are considering reducing the frequency of collections to three or even four weekly. Our residents read the national press, would have seen these comments and we were merely reassuring them that if elected, we would not be reducing our black-bag collection frequencies”
Cllr Wilson came back with a supplementary ; “Could you confirm that there is any plan for four-weekly black-bag collection in the Vale ….and the second question I am going to ask you quickly on this is in your leaflet you claimed that you were going to introduce seagull-proof bags ….”
At the point – realising Cllr Wilson was attempting to ask two supplementary questions rather than just the permitted one – the Mayor Cllr Janice Charles intervened .
Cllr Wilson however ploughed on: – “Are you going to introduce seagull safe black bags?” – helpfully adding, presumably for the benefit of any councillors who might not yet have grasped the point, “so that seagulls cannot attack these bags”.
Cllr Cox provided inaudible reassurances on collections but – as he was not obliged to do – did not answer the disallowed second supplementary question on seagull-safe bags.
[PDN Note: Under the Vale Council rules of procedure each councillor is allowed to submit one written question in advance for an oral reply from a member of the Vale cabinet during the council meeting. When that initial answer has been given, the questioning councillor is allowed to ask one supplementary question without prior notice.]