Call for full review into £400,000 waste collection overspend

The Wigtownshire pilot scheme is massively over budget. Credit: PA

There have been calls for a full review of a new waste collection scheme in Dumfries and Galloway, which has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds more than anticipated.

The Zero Waste pilot collection scheme in Wigtownshire has cost around £400,000 more than expected.

Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has already called for the scheme to be suspended, and now SNP Councillor Iain Dick is urging a "root and branch review" of the decision making, an implementation of, the scheme.

We know that there have been serious issues with the Zero Waste pilot in Wigtownshire and I have been asking questions about the way this has been done for months now. We know there is a £400,000 overspend already – and the rollout of Zero Waste hasn’t got any further than Wigtownshire yet.

We know that the review already undertaken by Kiel, which was rushed out late on before the last Committee meeting, has highlighted some serious problems with the Wigtownshire pilot.

What we don’t know yet is how we have ended up in the situation, what decisions led to the problems we now have and what external advice was sought and received. If we are to actually learn lessons from this exercise we need all the information.

That’s why today I’m calling for a full review of the whole process, including input from our external auditors and I hope that call will receive unanimous support.”

– SNP Councillor Iain Dick