Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, is calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to rethink rolling out its new refuse collection scheme across the region after a report highlighted spiraling costs from the project across Wigtownshire.
The MSP believes the roll out should be suspended in light of a report published this week.
Mr Hume said:
“When the council first talked about the scheme, there were early warning signs that it could cause additional strains on workforce and resourcing at a time when council budgets are already very tight.
“The report published this week underlines those fears were not unfounded because so far the scheme already in place for Wigtownshire has cost an extra £435,000. This could have massive implications for communities and the other services provided by the council if the roll out goes ahead to the rest of the region.
“Councillors and officials need to think very carefully about the impact the roll out of this scheme will have on budgets and resources, and indeed in my view the project should be suspended pending further deliberations.”