A Perth and Kinross Council officer has apologised to members of Alyth Community Council after admitting “things got out of hand” with regards to the upkeep of the town.
The local authority employee met with community councillors to discuss concerns regarding PKC’s failure to adhere to the grounds maintenance schedule for the town in recent years.
Speaking at the latest meeting of the Alyth Community Council, the officer – an operations manager responsible for grounds maintenance – admitted that schedule for the East Perthshire town had not been adhered to.
But he added that the council “put quite a lot of resources into ensuring standards are brought back up.”
The areas in Alyth that are currently covered by the schedule include Alyth Den, the cemetery, Jubilee Park, the Burnside area, the school grounds, Mill Street park and some residential areas.
Those gathered at the meeting, held towards the end of last month, were told a new maintenance schedule had been drawn up for the town but that any plan was subject to change due to the weather conditions at the time.
He said: “We don’t produce dates on the schedules that we draw up.
“Our squads have tick sheets with a month’s worth of work on them that they tick off as and when they complete them.”
However, the officer admitted that, due to budget cuts, it was increasingly difficult for the council to keep track of whether the work was actually being completed.
He said: “We do have some supervisors monitoring the work that is carried out but we have less supervisors now than we used to and rely heavily on the public to be our eyes and ears, and let us know if the schedule is not being adhered to.
“PKC is more than happy to receive feedback and it helps me to keep on top of the squads working for us, but due to ongoing budget cuts there are a number of areas that will not be maintained after this growing season.”
The officer went on to apologise to the community council on behalf of PKC, admitting that things had got out of hand in Alyth in recent years and that he was “taking action” to ensure consistency of service in the future.
Members of the community council agreed they will now consider possible options for the community to effectively monitor the work being undertaken by the local authority in Alyth.