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Job losses fears at Newport City Council

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GMB Fear Heavy Job Losses At Newport City Council With Prospects Of Move To Three Weekly Bin Collections For Residents

There is a real danger that the residential areas will become dirty and overgrown with pavements not covered with gold but with waste from overflowing bins says GMB

GMB, the union for public service workers, fear that new proposals for cuts in Newport City Council will lead to serious job losses in the Street Scene and Greens Departments. There are proposals to move to 3 weekly bin collections and to cut back on grass cutting to 50% of the recommended average. There will also be heavy job losses in street cleaning operations and cuts within their cemetery operations.

Rowena Hayward, GMB Regional Officer, said  “ At Newport City Council there are new proposals behind the scenes for cuts within their Street scene and Greens departments will mean that the citizens of Newport will find themselves in a city that may become less inviting to live in.

There are proposals to move to 3 weekly bin collections, to cut back on grass cutting to 50% of the recommended average.  The proposed cuts within their cemetery operations will mean splitting services between sites on allocated days.

Cut backs in drainage and canal maintenance will increase risk of flooding and reduce public access to canal footpaths. The canal projects have received substantial funding grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Welsh Government and others.

These continuing service cuts and job losses do nothing to inspire confidence amongst Newport residents who work for the authority.

Newport City Council continues to highlight the revamping of the city centre and promoting the city as an exciting and pleasant place to live.

The council have loaned developers 90 million pounds to ensure completion of the city centre project. They may face costs of £4 to £7 million per year if developers default on repayment.

The city centre may become a shining beacon of retail and recreation enticing visitors from far and wide but there is a very real danger that the residential areas will become dirty and overgrown with pavements not covered with gold but with waste from overflowing bins. The city may be the place to shop but will it be the place to live?”

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Contact: Rowena Hayward on 07918 767534 or  029 2049 1260 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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