Skip scheme ‘job threat’

Owen Baguley Skip Hire, Dickies Lane, Marton.
Owen Baguley Skip Hire, Dickies Lane, Marton.
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A Tory leader has accused Blackpool Council of “hypocrisy” over its new skip hire scheme.

Coun Tony Williams, who heads up the Tory group on the authority, has hit out after the new project was announced.

It comes after skip firm bosses told The Gazette the venture’s low prices could drive them out of business.

The council will see 50 skips offered up for hire, and will be rented out solely for domestic waste.

Four-tonne skips will be available from £70, six tonnes for £85 and eight tonnes for £100 with no VAT.

Coun Williams said: “It can be definitely seen that this council continue to practice hypocrisy with their latest business venture.

“On the one hand they claim to be working to save and create jobs and on the other they threaten to name and shame businesses that have gone bankrupt and have not paid their council tax.

“Then they announce that they are to start a skip hire business which on the surface appears to be cheaper than other similar businesses in the town and they will no doubt be dumping waste free of charge at their own tip unlike private operators who have to pay heavily.

“Surely this venture will seriously impact on the level of business currently being serviced by the local skip hire operators in Blackpool, possibly threatening jobs and even driving the operator out of business.

“This is hardly working to save jobs or help local businesses.

“The council should concentrate on delivering better services to the residents of the town not on trying to run businesses that they have little or no knowledge of.”

Coun Amy Cross, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for streetscene and environment, said: “The prices we’re offering are excellent and I hope the service will be very popular.

“This is part of a combination of measures designed to make it as easy as possible for people to dispose of waste, recycle and look after their own environment.”