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Black bins collected every three weeks in Gwynedd

Rubbish collections in Gwynedd will be every three weeks from October. Credit: PA

Dustbins in Gwynedd will be emptied every three weeks instead of fortnightly following a vote by councillors.

The unanimous decision was taken by cabinet members claiming it was a sensible step repeated in other parts of the country.

The new timetable will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce throughout the county - it's claimed it will save £350,000.

The council heard that public surveys have shown that half of people anticipate problems with such things as nappy disposing. There were also concerns over rats, smells and bins becoming too heavy.

However there will be no changes to weekly household recycling, and food waste services, and a fortnightly collection of garden waste says the council.

Currently only half of Gwynedd residents use recycling bins.

“We must take steps to persuade those residents who continue to throw waste that can be recycled into their residential waste bins to start using the weekly recycling and food waste services,” says Councillor Gareth Roberts.

The Gwynedd council ward without any candidates

People living in one corner of Gwynedd can look forward to a very quiet local election campaign.

Most of the rest of Wales goes to the polls next month but when nominations closed for the Bryncrug/ Llanfihangel ward, no-one had put their name forward.

There'll have to be a by-election eventually to see if anyone wants to represent the area, after a long-serving independent councillor decided to step down.

Lorna Prichard has been to the area to find out what people living there think about it.


Controversy over plans for path through Caernarfon cemetery

A petition with 3000 signatures is being handed to Gwynedd Council today against proposals to put a path through Caernarfon’s cemetery.

It’s intended to get schoolchildren safely from a housing estate to Ysgol Y Hendre’s brand new site.

Currently, schoolchildren run across the busy Llanbeblig Road, but the path and a pelican crossing will put a stop to that, the school hopes.

Those protesting against the path say it will disturb the peace of the graveyard and is disrespectful to the dead.