Angus Council Praise For Front Line WorkersNeil Hardie
Angus Council’s front line workers carrying out essential roles in our towns and villages in exceptional circumstances were singled out for praise from Communities Convener Mark Salmond.
Like many large organisations, the Council has been affected by staff absence as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. But staff are working hard, whether out in the community, at their normal places of work, or at home to deliver the highest standards of services wherever possible.
Cllr Salmond said: “We have all been hugely impressed by the dedication of our emergency services, essential workers and community volunteers. The spirit and determination already shown by people who are, at the end of the day, our friends and neighbours has been outstanding.
“I am reluctant to single out any one particular area, but I have seen the public appreciation of the work of our waste collection staff and I feel I must echo those thanks.
“Staffing is significantly down among our waste and recycling collection teams – by more than a third in some cases – and yet those who are able to work, supported by re-deployed staff and agency workers, are pulling out all the stops.
“They may not be commonly regarded as emergency workers, but they are working on the front line in emergency circumstances to provide an essential service for us all and they have my heartfelt thanks for that.
Deputy Convener, Cllr Tommy Stewart agreed, stating: “They are working in very trying circumstances day upon day. We are continuing to adjust, wherever possible, to try reduce any issues they are facing while on their duty. It is undeniable that social distancing has proved a challenge in delivering this service, but it is one we are trying to surmount with the support of redeployed staff and vehicles.
“Their work is critical to us as a council and to the Angus public as a whole. I have nothing but praise for the shift they are putting in.”
Not all collections are being completed due to reduced staff numbers. This has predominantly affected food waste. Information about the Bins and Recycling service during the COVID-19 pandemic is being updated frequently on our website, including any missed collections.