Yesterday, we received the following message from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, which we thought it best to share with you:
“At present, there is a national shortage of professional (LGV) drivers that has started to impact on local authority services and other private and retail businesses which you may of seen in the local and national press.
In recent weeks the problem has deteriorated so badly that our agency suppliers have advised that they are no longer able to supply any drivers for the foreseeable future. As a result, this has now starting to impact on our collections, particularly the green waste service which is reliant on seasonal, temporary workers.
Some local authorities are already considering suspending their green waste collections as this is the only non-statutory service. To date we have managed the resource shortfall by running behind and we will continue with this strategy, until it is no longer possible. If by working on the weekend we are unable to catch up the weeks scheduled collections we will have no option, other than to advise residents to take it back in or leave it out (if there are storage capacity issues) ready for the when the next fortnightly schedule starts again.
We expect these problems to continue for at least 3-months and I will keep you updated should circumstances change.
In the meantime we have arranged for a banner on the front page of the Council’s website and will use social media to post out regular updates to residents.
Longer term, as a department we will be reviewing our arrangements, offering further development opportunities for staff by upskilling loaders and consider various ways of building more resilience into the service.
My apologies for the inconvenience this will cause in your areas”.
Last modified: August 24, 2021