THE council wants to know what you think about how waste and recycling is collected in your town.

It is also after your views on the use of council-run facilities so wants the public to have its say.

It is holding a series of ten community meetings this October and is inviting all residents to attend.

The meetings will provide local people with the opportunity to feed their ideas and suggestions into an ongoing review of domestic waste and recycling.

They will also give people the chance to find out more about a review of the County Council’s face-to-face facilities in Pembrokeshire’s main towns. These include places like customer service centres, youth centres, community learning centres, libraries and leisure centres.

The meetings are taking place because as with all local authorities in Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council is facing significant financial pressures.

In addition, increasingly challenging targets for recycling are being placed on all local Councils. Failure to meet targets could see substantial fines levied on local authorities.

The County Council is therefore looking at new and innovative ways of providing services within local communities which put less pressure on the public purse.

Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for Environment and Welsh Language, said: “We’ve been engaged in a thorough review of our domestic waste and recycling collection arrangements for some time.

“This is now a good time for us to share the latest findings of the review with local residents and provide them with the all-important opportunity to make suggestions. This will help us shape some definite proposals, which we will then consult on more formally later this year.”

Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, said, “We know from previous engagement and consultation work that people think we have too many buildings.

“We have also had suggestions that we might look to combine a number of our services together in a smaller number of buildings to provide more ‘one stop shop’ style facilities for customers.

“As with waste and recycling, we are looking to hear ideas from residents as to how we might take this forward within their local towns. We will then hold a more formal consultation early next year.

“We very much hope that local people will take advantage of the opportunity to give their views on these important issues.”

Meetings will be taking place between 7pm and 8.30pm as follows:

Monday, October 9 at County Hall, Haverfordwest; Tuesday, October 10 at Crymych Library/Community Learning Centre; Thursday, October 12 at Bloomfield Centre, Narberth; Monday, October 16 at Neyland Athletic Club; Tuesday, October 17 at Hubberston & Hakin Community Centre; Wednesday, October 18 at Pembroke Town Hall; Monday, October 23 at St John’s Hall, Pembroke Dock; Tuesday, October 24 at Tenby Community Learning Centre; Wednesday, October 25 at St Davids City Hall and Thursday, October 26 at Fishguard Town Hall.