Bin collection bosses 'got it wrong' - Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood
BAD decisions were made by waste firm Ubico after it cancelled bin collections across Cheltenham and the Cotswolds during last week's cold snap, according to the town's MP.
Martin Horwood is now demanding the company admit it "got it wrong".
Cheltenham's MP has criticised managers at Ubico for suspending collections across the borough from January 18 until Monday this week.
He wants to see council officers lay down the law with Ubico bosses.
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Ubico, which is contracted to collect waste for the borough council, stopped rounds due to the snow and ice.
Mr Horwood said: "I'm told Ubico have said to councillors that these were operational decisions. I think they were just bad decisions. Councillors should read the riot act to Ubico's senior management, get them to prioritise clearing the backlog and make sure this kind of thing never happens again.
"The critical decision appears to have been taken last Wednesday that they would resume normal services before clearing the backlog of missed collections.
"With rubbish and recycling collections missed that means some people will have waited four weeks for one or the other to be collected and that's just unacceptable."
The council is undertaking a review of the suspension.
A council spokeswoman said Ubico staff are now trying to collect the backlog as much as possible during scheduled rounds.
She added: "As Ubico is the council's service provider, the council cannot insist that they carry out operations which they consider to be unsafe." Ubico also suspended bin collections in the Cotswolds.
Beth Boughton, Ubico's waste and recycling manager, said the icy surfaces posed a serious to the staff. "Ubico have first-hand experience of how dangerous it can be when a 26- tonne vehicle goes out of control on an icy surface," she said.