Statement from EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard
Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, today issued this tribute following the death of the Queen Elizabeth II.
He said: “I join the people in East Hampshire, the UK and across the Commonwealth in expressing my deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
“During a reign that has seen such immense social change in our society she has been a rock of stability and continuity.
“As a monarch she was loved and admired by millions. She was a devoted mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother and our thoughts are with her family at this time.
“As a leader she will stand alone in history, not only as this country’s longest serving monarch, but also as one of its most loved.”
A book of condolence is available in the reception area at Penns Place, and a national book of condolence is being held on the Buckingham Palace webpages at www.royal.uk/home-royal-family
Flowers and tributes can be left in memory of Her Majesty The Queen outside St Peter’s Church, Petersfield.
Photo caption: Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, signs the book of condolence held at Penns Place, Petersfield.
New Local Plan timetable
In May, EHDC took the decision to suspend progression to the latter stages of the plan-making process (Regulation 19) and instead to conduct further early-stage consultation (Regulation 18).
You can read more about that decision here
As a result, the Planning Policy team would like to advise you that we have recently updated the Local Development Scheme.
This is the timetable associated with the new Local Plan, which will deliver the strategy and accompanying policies to guide the development needed to support our growing communities, whilst tackling the climate emergency we find ourselves in.
The next early-stage of formal consultation (Regulation 18 – Part 1) will be in November 2022, whereby we will be engaging with stakeholders and members of the public on the issues and priorities across the district, as well as a revised vision and objectives for the emerging Local Plan.
For more details on the timetable please visit the council's website: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/planning-policy/local-plan-timetable.
Kerbside glass collection
update: please continue to bear with us
to let you know as soon as possible that we've decided not to reinstate
the kerbside glass collection service just yet - but that this will be
the last time that it's suspended.
initially took the decision to suspend it for a month because we wanted
to prioritise collecting your waste, recycling and garden waste during
the ongoing national driver shortage. But despite a recruitment
campaign for drivers and loaders, Norse SE needs more time to get its
teams up to full capacity.
Norse SE further we have today instructed them to increase driver pay
once again (the second time in just over a month) - so it will be £16
an hour and loader pay will now be £12.50 an hour - which shows that we
are pulling out all the stops to ensure this service gets back on track
as soon as possible.
we're planning to suspend the service for another month (from 10
September) - if Norse SE can recruit to the roles (because of this
increased pay incentive) then we will reinstate kerbside glass
collections as soon as possible.
really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing and thank you so
much for your ongoing patience - we really are doing everything we
possibly can to help Norse SE recruit.
If you know
anyone who would be interested in one of the jobs then please share this link - https://norsegroup.kallidusrecruit.com/Search.aspx
In the meantime, please use this map to find the
nearest place to take your glass
Read a more detailed statement from EHDC's
Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, and Chief Executive Gill Kneller
Our provider has
been collecting from the temporary bottle bank sites around the district
today and removing any excess glass from around the large bottle banks.
If when you get
to a bottle bank it is full, please do not leave glass next to the bin and
instead try another site. Abandoned glass can be a hazard to collection crews
as well as residents and wildlife.
A list of bottle banks in the district is on
our website. You can also find them on our interactive map.
We're doing everything we can to make things better - but in the meantime please don't put your glass out for collection
As you're probably aware there are national driver shortages and we are also suffering because of this - our contractor Norse SE doesn’t have enough crew to collect waste, recycling, garden waste and kerbside glass.
We are therefore prioritising waste, recycling and garden waste - which means that kerbside glass collection won’t be collected for at least a month. We will review the situation in a month and we are hoping that by then drivers and crew will have been recruited and we can reinstate this service.
In the meantime, we are desperately trying to help Norse SE recruit drivers and crew.
If you know anyone who would be interested in the driver and crew jobs at Norse SE then please see these links:
Waste loader vacancy
What you should do with your glass bottles?
Glass will not be collected from the kerbside for at least the next month. Instead, available crews will concentrate on our bottle banks. We are monitoring these closely and liaising with Norse to ensure they are emptied as quickly as possible. We recently removed some old bottle banks from various locations. This decision is being temporarily reversed and eight of the old banks will be returned to key locations. Council officers will regularly check bottle bank sites to ensure they are emptied, the sites are kept tidy and any risks are removed.
For more details and to read a statement from Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, and Gill Kneller, EHDC's Chief Executive, please click here https://www.easthants.gov.uk/news/statement-about-waste-collections-august-2022
Message from East Hampshire District Council Leader Cllr Richard Millard and Chief Executive Gill Kneller
The difficulties we are experiencing with our waste collection are continuing and we know that this is impacting on you, our residents.
We are keen to be open and transparent about the challenges we and our supplier are facing, and to let you know what we are doing to manage the situation.
We are very sorry for what is happening, and we want to reassure you that everything possible is being done to bring the service back to the standard we expect.
What has gone wrong?
The fundamental issue is a shortage of personnel qualified to safely drive and load the refuse collection vehicles. This is a national challenge and not specific to East Hampshire. Almost all councils are facing the same issue to a greater or lesser extent.
Put simply, Norse South East (NSE), which provides the service, doesn't have enough crews to collect waste, recycling, garden waste and kerbside glass currently. We are therefore making the best use of the crews we do have by prioritising what they collect.
General waste is the highest priority due to the potential health hazards associated with non-collection, followed by recycling, garden waste and glass, in that order.
We have put in place both immediate solutions and medium to long term mitigations to address the staff shortages for the future.
What are we doing in the short term?
Driver pay has been raised by approximately 22% and a cash incentive is now being offered to new starters. Loaders will be offered an 11% pay rise. The improvements in pay and incentives will ensure that we are competitive in a fast-moving labour market and help to prevent us losing even more drivers.
We have decided to prioritise waste, recycling and garden waste as our key services. We have taken the difficult decision to suspend glass collection for a month. This will allow time for us to recruit more staff with the incentivised packages now being offered.
Setting a timescale of one month allows us to give residents some clarity. We know this is not a solution, but it is the best use of our limited resources at the moment. We will monitor the staffing situation and, hopefully, will lift the suspension after one month. If we can’t, we will let you know in good time.
How to dispose of your glass during the suspension
Glass will not be collected from the kerbside for at least the next month. Instead, available crews will concentrate on our bottle banks. We are monitoring these closely and liaising with NSE to ensure they are emptied as quickly as possible. We recently removed some old bottle banks from various locations.
This decision is being temporarily reversed and eight of the old banks will be returned to key locations. These locations will be communicated to residents separately. Council officers will regularly check bottle bank sites to ensure they are emptied, the sites are kept tidy and any risks are removed.
What are we doing in the long term?
The Leaders of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Havant Borough Council (HBC) have agreed to ask officers to investigate an expedited exit from the current contractual arrangement, which sees HBC responsible for EHDC’s waste collection services. We are in discussion with HBC and NSE to finalise governance and commercial arrangements to enable this to happen quickly. This move will ensure that EHDC returns to a direct relationship with the supplier with control over our own contract. This process, combined with the short-term measures mentioned earlier, will mitigate the current issues and allow the service to be future proofed.
The green waste service extension is ready to be launched. The vehicle is procured, the bins are ready to distribute from Penns Place, in Petersfield. The issue, again, is driver and crew capacity. The council is currently making plans to distribute the new bins to new licence holders using internal resources. This will be communicated to residents shortly.
Thank you for your patience
To conclude, the situation is frustrating, challenging and needs to be sorted. The Leader and the Chief Executive are both committed to driving a solution that is not just a temporary sticking plaster but a complete change. This cannot happen overnight, but we will keep you informed of progress.
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Thank you for your patience, we will make sure your service is returned to the standards you expect, and we will improve our communication, so you always know what is happening.
Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader
Gill Kneller, EHDC Chief Executive
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