Strike action to affect Pendle Council services

Pendle Council

Pendle Council30 June 2014

Services delivered by Pendle Council will be affected on Thursday 10 July due to national strike action over public sector pay.Many Pendle Council staff are members of local government unions Unison UNITE and GMB and will be taking part in the strike.Chief Executive Stephen Barnes explained:

“Many of our staff will be choosing to strike on Thursday 10 July and this will affect the services we provide to local people.

“Pendle Council offices will be closed to the public and the majority of services will be unavailable.

“However, we are negotiating with the unions on which staff can be made available for health and safety reasons.

“For example, we hope to have a Building Control Officer on standby in case of any problems with dangerous buildings.

“Services delivered by our partner Liberata, such as our contact centre and the markets, will be available as normal and some buildings, including our Contact Pendle Centre in Nelson’s Number One Market Street will be open.

“Although our contact centre will be taking telephone calls, there may be a delay in us providing a response, depending on the nature of the enquiry.

“People can also visit our website www.pendle.gov.uk ahead of the strike for updates and can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up to the minute information.”

Refuse and recycling services will be severely disrupted on the day.

David Walker, Waste Services Manager, explained: “Refuse collections that should happen on Thursday 10 July will be caught up as follows.

“On Wednesday 16th July we’ll collect the North Valley estate through to Langroyd Road excluding Harrison Drive from the roundabout down.

“On Thursday 17th July we’ll complete Harrison Drive, Alkincoats, Barrowford Road, Bunkers Hill and Burnley Road areas.

“And on Friday 18th July we’ll collect from Portland Street through to Rigby Street Colne.”

Collections of recycling – brown bins and paper/cardboard – will not be caught up. The next collection will be on Thursday 24 July.

Garden waste collections that do not take place on Thursday 10 July will be caught up on two separate dates.

Residents living in zone 9, which includes areas of Fence, Higham and Nelson, will receive a green bin collection on Friday 11 July, while residents in rural areas missed on the 10 July will have their garden waste collected on Tuesday 15 July.

Commercial waste collections missed on Thursday 10 July will be made on Monday 14 July.

David added: “We appreciate residents will be concerned about the disruption to their waste and recycling collections caused by the strike.

“We would advise them, where possible, to use our free Binfo smartphone app to keep up to date with when their next collection is due. It’s easy to download – just search for ‘Connect Pendle’ by U6 Media in the App Store or on Google Play.”

Anyone who needs more details on waste or recycling collections can ring our contact centre on (01282) 661743.

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