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Street-Care Director to busy giving talks around the country no time to answer Questions on local issues ?

The Service Director for Street-care at Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC Nigel Wheeler has ample time to parade around the country giving talks on “Use of enforcement to tackle environmental issues” when he is incapable of running his own department efficiently.
Why can he not answer simple questions? What has his department got to hide?

He and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are aware of the freedom of information Act therefore why has Nigel Wheeler department failed to answer questions asked?
Questions under the Act must be answered within the time scale 20 working days that’s the law.

Why are RCTC acting outside the law?

Below e-mails sent and received, Natural Resources Wales say it is the response of the local authority to enforce the law

Below a response from Natural Resources Wales 7th August 2014 to AberdareOnline e-mail

“Shopping trolleys are being dumped by the minority of people who do not seem to care about the areas they live in. From your e-mail below, and from my previous discussions with Trolleywise, both supermarkets in the area of the River Cynon have made appropriate provision for the removal of any discarded shopping trolley that is reported to them.

If, as you say, the large supermarkets do not take abandoned trolleys seriously, then there is provision under Section 99 and Schedule 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the Act) for local authorities to take appropriate action. This power is not available to Natural Resources Wales. You may wish to contact Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC to ask what their position is on this issue.”

AberdareOnline e-mail to Nigel Wheeler Service Director for Street-care at Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC 11th August 2014

“Having contacted Natural Resources Wales a number of times with regard to the large number of abandon shopping trolleys being dumped around Aberaman and surrounding areas I received e-mail in reply from Natural Resources Wales part of the e-mail below.

“There is provision under Section 99 and Schedule 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the Act) for local authorities to take appropriate action. This power is not available to Natural Resources Wales. You may wish to contact Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC to ask what their position is on this issue.”

Natural Resources Wales say RCTC have powers to take appropriate action to help prevent this pollution that is ongoing, we at AberdareOnline had a meeting with Mr. Tracy Plant Asset Retrieval Manager Trolleywise who informed us that his company retrieved almost 100 trolleys from a small section of the River Cynon at Aberaman.

We have been given a copy of e-mail that says RCT “Council has a contract with Trolleywise for the collection of abandoned supermarket trolleys.”

Has Rhondda Cynon Taf Council a contract with Trolleywise?

If RCTC has a contract when did the contract with Trolleywise start?

What is the cost of the RCTC contract with Trolleywise?

What public money has been retrieved from supermarkets for recovery of shopping trolleys?

What has Rhondda Cynon Taf Council done to enforce Section 99 and Schedule 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 with reference to shopping trolleys?

Please can you clarify Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s position on the above questions?”

Below a response AberdareOnline received from Natural Resources Wales 3 September 2014

I have been forwarded your details to discuss the ongoing issues you have raised with regards to local supermarket trolleys being dumped in the river Cynon. I am an Environment Officer within the Environment Management team (Ely & Taff) of Natural Resources Wales.

The legislation you quoted in previous correspondence, Section 85 of the Water Resources Act (WRA) 1991, was repealed by Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010 and as such we now pursue WRA offences via EPR Regulation 38 and regulation 12(1)(b), which states:

A person must not, except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit— cause or knowingly permit a water discharge activity or groundwater activity

This means that for this particular offence we (NRW) are unable to pursue enforcement under current legislation as stipulated above. However, the statutory authority that is empowered with the necessary legislation for this particular offence instead lies with the Local Authority via Section 99 Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1995.

I do understand your concerns both with regards to potential flooding and impact to the environment and as such I will arrange a meeting shortly with the Manager of the supermarket store(s) in question, in order to pursue avenues to avoiding/mitigating the continuing problems associated with their trolleys ending up in the Cynon. I do reiterate however that I am unable to legally enforce any actions deemed necessary to stop this ongoing issue. Therefore the success of the meeting can only be based on the willingness of the supermarkets following advice and guidance only.

I would be grateful if you could respond with any details with regards to the supermarket(s) in question. In particular:

· Store Manager contact details

· Which stores are responsible, including location(s)

· Trolley operation e.g. £1 lock and chain?

In the meantime I urge you and the local community to continue to pursue this matter with the local authority as responsibility, as discussed above, lies with them.

I hope this goes some way in answering your query.
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Subjects he will be discussing

Maintaining high cleansing standards with less resources
Changes to working practices
High profile awareness campaigns
Use of enforcement to tackle environmental issues
Speaker: Nigel Wheeler, Service Director Streetcare, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

http://www.apse.org.uk/apse/index.cfm/events/apse-environmental-services...

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/nigel-wheeler/51/31/21b