During the past month I’ve spent a few weeks learning about how the Council goes about in trying to enforce rules and regulation relating to bins, recycling, littering offences, fly-tipping and highway inspections.
Pete, Tomos, Clive and Jonathon where the first team I got to work with. They form a small but effective team who tackle waste problems, dog fouling and fly-tipping offences. I got the chance to see the challenges they face daily, they are a small team who cover a vast geographical areas of Upper Gwynedd. There are two elements to the work they do, they inspect and responds to complaints and enquiries but they also try to educate people of the Council’s position and policy regarding bin collections, dog fouling and re-cycle issues. Whist doing their inspections they also have the power to fine offences If they see an offence happening. Personally I did find this work very challenging because of the impact they try to have across our communities, but the number of staff the team has makes responding to issues and situations hard.
This worked needed a dedicated team who believes in their work, and this is certainly what I saw. They had to educate and enforce policies that can sometimes seem unfair, but the policy is there to ensure that the communities across Gwynedd uphold a high standard when it comes to littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling offences.
I then moved to Meironnydd for the rest of my month with two days at Bangor University Freshers Fayre in the middle with the re-cycling team.
I was with highway patrols for the rest of the month. I was truly out of my depth in terms of my understanding of some aspects of this placement. I do enjoy engineering and design, but seeing the level of expertise the team had for road maintenance, quality control and a sense of trying to fix every problem within budget constraints was a miracle. I now look for road cracks, white lining fading, and I even know that a hole in a road only classifies as a pot hole when the depth reaches 40mm!!!
Here are a few pictures of my time with the Highways and Municipal department: