Labour rules out refuse changes in East Lothian

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Concern has been raised that weekly bin collections in East Lothian might cease.

Councillor Stuart Currie (SNP) said the issue was raised at a recent meeting of the audit and governance committee.

He said: “I was concerned to hear that the future of a weekly bin collection was under active consideration by the council. My view is that local residents would be dismayed at any suggestion that this service could be cut and certainly it didn’t feature in the manifesto of Labour or the Conservatives at the recent elections. I hope that the administration will now make clear that the weekly bin collection is here to stay.”

Council leader Willie Innes (Labour) (pictured) said everything was looked at in budget discussions as savings had to be found because the former SNP ruling group had failed to reduce expenditure.

But he added that there was “no particular appetite” to remove weekly bin collections, stressing that there were “no thoughts” at the moment to move to a fortnightly service.

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