Five sacked after council investigation

Five South Ayrshire Council employees have been dismissed following a detailed investigation into breaches of council policies and procedures and internal disciplinary hearings.

The investigation related to possible breaches of policies and procedures within the council’s waste management service, which first came to light in late 2010.

In March this year two council employees were suspended amid allegations of mismanagement, bullying and harassment.

A full scale investigation was then launched at the Ayr based cleansing department where the pair worked.

There were claims of discrepencies in the timekeeping procedures.

David Anderson, chief executive of South Ayrshire Council, said: “Dismissing employees is not a decision we take lightly.

“However, we have a responsibility to our residents and all other employees to deal with such matters as quickly and effectively as possible, which is what we have done here.

“Our priority is always to deliver the best possible service to the people of South Ayrshire and we will not tolerate any malpractice that impacts on our ability to achieve this.

“The fact we carried out this investigation and took appropriate action shows the positive and proactive way we deal with such issues and reflects our continuing improvement as an organisation.

“Interim arrangements have been in place for some time to maintain quality service delivery within the waste management service throughout this investigation and these will continue meantime.

“The employees concerned have the right to appeal the council’s decision and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“Our focus will remain on delivering quality services for our communities.”