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Introduction of slimline black bins quietly postponed to next year

Posted on Monday 4th December 2017 at 10:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Diagram showing the average volume of black bin waste in a 240 litre bin and the same waste in a 140 litre bin. (South Gloucestershire Council, 2015).

The introduction of smaller black bins, previously scheduled to begin this year (2017), has been quietly postponed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:

Weekly recycling was introduced in June and is proving popular with residents who can now put out all of their recycling every week. We have seen a steady increase in mixed dry recycling, and in the period June to September we collected an extra 1,200 tonnes, which is approximately a one percent increase to South Gloucestershire’s recycling rate.”

“It was always our intention to roll-out the smaller black bins later in the year (2017), but we have now taken the decision to wait until after December. We know that Christmas is a time when more waste is generated and collections are often slightly delayed as the crews catch up after the break. The roll-out will now start in January 2018 and is expected to be completed during April 2018.”

A report tabled at a meeting of SGC’s Cabinet on 4th December states:

“The main aspect of the Waste Strategy is to encourage recycling by improved recycling collections and the introduction of smaller black bins. Following concerns raised by residents, the move to smaller bins has been moved to after Christmas, but should be complete by May 2018. Early indications of the effect of the new recycling arrangements are positive, but it is too early to see the definitive position – particularly as the new bins are not in place.”

More info: Changes to the waste and recycling service 2017/18 (SGC)

Image: Diagram showing the average volume of black bin waste in a 240-litre bin and the same waste in a 140-litre bin (excludes waste placed in black bins that could have been recycled – on average 52 percent of the bin content, says the council).

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SGC hit by a further £2.8 million overspend on MetroBus build

Posted on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 11:07 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus construction at Woodlands Lane: Gas main and complex cable ducting have caused delays.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has been dealt a further body blow to its finances with the news that construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus scheme is now projected to come in nearly £16m over budget, an increase of £4.6m since the last figures were released in November 2016.

The latest numbers, originating from the MetroBus Project Review Board, are revealed in a report that was due to be considered by SGC’s Cabinet on 10th July.

The estimated total cost of the project, which is jointly funded by central government, SGC and Bristol City Council, is now put at £117.9m, up 15.8% on the original budget of £101.8m.

Because of the way the funding is arranged, with the government contribution being fixed at £51.1m and SGC committed to covering 61 percent of the remainder, SGC’s projected total contribution has now risen to £40.3m, up 32.1% on its original budget of £30.5m.

Reasons given for the latest increase in forecast cost include:

  • Additional delays to the completion of Bradley Stoke Way, due to further unforeseen utility diversion work
  • Additional earthwork requirements on the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL) and the Ham Brook Bridge
  • Additional delay costs to the SGTL due to interfaces with Network Rail
  • Delays in obtaining Highways England approvals for work on the M32
  • Delay costs and additional construction costs relating to piling in the city centre
  • Increases in project and site management costs due to the longer than expected duration of the project

More: £0.5m will be diverted from council’s revenue underspend »

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Weekly recycling starts 19th June, but new sorting rules criticised

Posted on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at 9:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a 'Romaquip' recycling collection vehicle.

Residents in the Stokes should by now have received a bin hanger (an information card hooked over the lip of the black bin) informing them of the details of South Gloucestershire Council’s new weekly recycling service which is due to be introduced from Monday 19th June.

Under the new regime, households will be able to put all of their recycling containers out for collection every week, along with their food recycling bin, instead of having different recycling containers collected on a staggered two week schedule.

Black bins for non-recyclable waste and green bins for garden waste will continue to be emptied every fortnight.

Residents will still need to sort their recycling for collection but can choose to use their existing containers or green boxes instead of bags for plastics and cardboard.

The weekly collections will mean there are fewer containers to store at home, whilst encouraging more people to use the service.

The council’s bin hanger describes two options for sorting recyclable items across two or three containers and/or bags, leading to criticism that the new system is over complex (see reactions on social media, below).

The scheme being implemented differs from that described in the council’s draft waste strategy put out for public consultation in 2015/16, which proposed that residents would be able “to use the containers how they wish” with collection crews separating material at the kerbside.

The council is making additional recycling boxes available to those who require them and these can be collected at a number of recycling roadshows being held across the district (see below for local events).

Boxes will also be available for collection at the council’s Sort It recycling centres between 5pm and 6pm every day from Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June. The closest to Bradley Stoke is the one in Station Road, Little Stoke.

Later this year, the council will be introducing smaller black bins (140l instead of 240l) for non-recyclable waste. The overall aim of the changes is to meet long term financial and environmental targets.

More information is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/sortit or by phoning the council on 01454 868000.

Photo: One of the council’s new ‘Romaquip’ recycling collection vehicles.

More: Dates of local Recycling Roadshows. Reactions on Facebook. »

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MetroBus overspend will lead to poorer roads

Posted on Thursday 25th May 2017 at 8:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Temporary water main installed opposite the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Woodlands Lane.

The budget for maintaining roads, cycleways and footways across South Gloucestershire looks set to be slashed by up to £1m per annum for the next eight years in order to pay for the projected overspend on MetroBus, the Journal can reveal.

As previously reported, construction costs for the £102m North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route (the one which passes through Bradley Stoke) are forecast to be more than £11m over budget when it is completed later this year.

The original £102m budget for the scheme was made up of contributions from the government (£51.1m), Bristol City Council (£20.5m) and South Gloucestershire Council (£30.5m). However, because of the way the funding is arranged, with the government contribution being fixed and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) committed to covering 61 percent of the remainder, SGC’s increased liability as a result of the projected overspend comes in at more than £7m, representing a massive 23 percent increase on the authority’s original budget.

The discovery of uncharted gas and water mains in Bradley Stoke is one of a number of factors being blamed for the increased costs. Protester action at the Stapleton allotments site, where a new bus-only junction on the M32 has been constructed, is another, along with “additional design, planning and contract management costs”.

As a short-term measure, SGC’s Policy & Resources Committee approved, in July 2016, the use of temporary funding to cover the overspend share of £5.259m projected at that time. However, by the time the council came to set its capital budget for 2017/18, the overspend share had risen to £7m and the council’s Environment and Community Services (ECS) Committee was tasked with coming up with a plan to fund it, either by diverting resources from other projects or taking on ‘prudential borrowing’ (i.e. a loan) that would need to be serviced over a number years.

More: Interest charges would add an extra £2.9m to overspend »

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