Renfrewshire Council

Council listens to community concerns and reverses decision on waste amenity sites

Renfrewshire Council is to reverse its decision on the recent changes to waste amenity sites in Johnstone, Erskine, Linwood and Renfrew following concerns from local communities.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision reflected a period of review where he had considered the impacts and issues raised by Renfrewshire residents regarding the changes.

Councillor Macmillan said: "It is important that we are able to consider the concerns that have been raised by communities affected by these changes and following a review, I have taken the decision to restore the services at Johnstone, Erskine, Linwood and Renfrew. 

"As a council we have a duty to provide a balanced budget. However it is clear that many residents felt that these changes were having a significant impact. It is right we reflect those concerns and that is why I have made this decision."

The Council Leader met with representatives of Renfrewshire community councils on Monday evening and heard first hand about some of the issues affecting communities. 

Councillor Macmillan added: "It is important to hear directly from those who represent their local communities about the day to day issues that affect them. 

"I am keen to work closely with community councils and a range of other groups in the coming months as we start to prepare for next year's budget to ensure that their views are heard."

It is expected the changes will be implemented over the next few months.