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10:38am Friday 22nd February 2013 in Letters
THERE has been a lot of coverage recently in your newspaper about Malvern Hills District Council’s waste collection arrangements and the impending changes aimed at keeping weekly black bag collections and improving recycling.
Clearly, there are some who are unhappy with these changes and they have made their views widely known through this newspaper and other channels.
It is clear some of these views are strongly held but that cannot possibly justify some of the inaccurate, misleading and insulting comments which have been made about the role of council officers in the matter.
The fact is councillors here at Malvern Hills District Council have been heavily involved in the process leading up to and including the decision to make the changes. That decision was taken by councillors and not by officers.
It is also a fact the Council has been open, transparent and honest during the process leading to the decision and has not shrouded the issue in secrecy as had been mischievously suggested.
The only confidentiality there has been in the process is that which has been insisted upon by Government which the Council has been obliged to respect.
I am proud to be part of a Council which works for the people to the best of its abilities. I am also proud of the way the officers play their part.
It would appear the reputation of officers is being unfairly impugned by others as a way of trying to prevent any changes to waste collection.
This is understandably damaging and harmful to morale and motivation of officers which in turn adversely affects their ability to do their best.
I would ask those engaging in these negative activities to devote their energies to more positive effect.
Chief Executive of the council