Is County Council trying to dispose of Wexford?

INCOMPLETE NOTICE GIVES THAT IMPRESSION!

CONOR CULLEN

WEXFORD County Council has unwittingly put the county up for sale.

One of its latest tenders, published last Friday, is entitled: 'Invitation for tender for financial, legal and advisory services for the disposal of Wexford County'.

However, mercifully, it seems that the Model County is not going to be 'disposed' of, but rather the council is looking for someone to take over its refuse service.

The tender further explains that the council is 'considering its continued involvement in the direct provision of refuse and recycling collection services in the county'.

The council 'wishes to procure financial, legal and advisory services to act on its behalf' for the process of offloading the service.

The Wexford People reported on May 4 last how there were growing fears among council workers that the local authority was going to outsource its refuse operation to a private contractor, however the council refused to confirm their intentions at the time.

Staff, management and union reps all attended a meeting in the Stanville Lodge, Barntown in late April where the future of the council's refuse collection service was discussed at length.

The council employs 24 staff in refuse collection and six more at its landfill and recycling centre at Holmestown. Its customer base and revenue have been suffering badly in recent times due to the increased competition from private operators like AES, Greenstar and Wastepal.

Last year, the council had a shortfall in waste charge income of €513,000 from what it had budgeted for at the start of 2010.

Around €300,000 of that shortfall was accounted for by council domestic costumers switching to other providers, while the council's landfill and recycling centre at Holmestown also underperformed to the tune of around €200,000.

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