COUNCILLORS discussed how Solihull had coped with last month’s wintry conditions at a meeting on Tuesday night.
Waste and recycling collections were the main topic - with some members criticising how the situation was handled, while others spoke up to defend the service.
Coun Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) accused the council of sending out conflicting messages: “We had the situation when contractors weren’t able to deliver waste and recycling because of treacherous conditions. But at the same time, we were putting out the message that residents could take their waste to green centres and Bickenhill - along those same roads.”
Fellow Lib Dem Len Creswell (Blythe) was also unhappy: “If Argos vans can be out delivering beds, I don’t understand why our vehicles couldn’t get down the roads.”
But Coun Graham Craig (Lab, Smith’s Wood) said that the service had done a “brilliant” job given the circumstances. “You’ve got to remember that the refuse collections visit thousands and thousands of homes - it’s not just a few.”
Coun Kate Wild, the cabinet member for community service, also defended the service. “I think that councillors really need to know that these refuse vehicles are 28-tonne lorries, slightly different from the paper boy on his bicycle or the Argos delivery van.”
n Do you agree? Was the disruption to refuse collections unavoidable or could the teams have done more? Write in to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX.