It is proposed that the cost of this recommendation, if approved by councillors, would be met not by local Council Tax payers but from Coronavirus emergency funding received by Derbyshire Dales District Council from central government.
There's also a recommendation to temporarily suspend for four weeks garden waste collections to enable Serco to clear a backlog of recycling, food and general waste caused, a report to the meeting states, by a number of factors including Covid, Brexit and a national crisis around HGV driver shortages.
Should councillors wish to adopt this temporary measure, it is recommended that the fee for 2022/23 garden waste subscriptions be retained at £35 rather the previously agreed £50 by way of an apology and recompense for the current disruption. The 2021/22 £35 early bird price paid by some subscribers in the current year was not due to happen again.
Suspending the collection of garden waste would free up five HGV drivers, allowing Serco to redirect staff to clear the backlog of uncollected waste across the district.
It is councillors who will have the final say on the recommendations at the 27 July meeting - to be broadcast live on the District Council's YouTube channel (below) from 6pm.
The report states that this week localgov.uk, the UK's largest dedicated local government news website, reported:
“Many councils have declared an ‘emergency situation’ after large numbers of staff have been told to self-isolate by the COVID-19 app. This has been compounded by a national shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers as a result of Brexit”.Other recommendations include asking councillors to consider the retention and use of the waste contract’s Key Performance Indicators, but not apply financial penalties where under-performance is outside of Serco’s control.
The full report can be viewed now on our Latest Committee Papers page.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATIONWith Covid infections continuing to rise and in the interests of business continuity the District Council will continue to meet socially distanced in locations away from Matlock Town Hall for the time being.
The 27 July meeting will take place in the sports hall at Wirksworth Leisure Centre, where the District Council has assessed it can accommodate a maximum of 20 members of the public in addition to councillors, officers and essential staff.
Please note that the meeting will be broadcast live from 6pm on 27 July on the District Council's YouTube channel at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/videos
Any member of the public wishing to speak at this meeting must first apply in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before midday on 26 July - and a maximum of 20 speakers will be registered by the Committee Team on a first-come-first-served basis.
If the maximum number of 20 speakers is reached then no additional members of the public will be admitted into the meeting on the night.
If there are fewer than 20 registered speakers then other members of the public will be admitted on the night on a restricted, first-come-first- served basis. So, for example, if there are 15 registered speakers, a maximum of 5 other member of the public will be admitted on the night, but they will not be able to speak.
However, anyone can make a written representation into the meeting and ask questions by email to email@example.com before midday on 26 July. These questions will be published, with responses, on the District Council's website ahead of the meeting itself.