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Complainant Name:
Councillor Robert B McDonald

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Pontypridd & LLantrisant Observer

Complaint:

Councillor Robert B McDonald of the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council complained that the newspaper had shown a photograph of his domestic bin – though he was not actually identified in the article – and suggested that it had been placed outside before collection day in breach of regulations. In fact, the complainant made clear that the rules related only to rubbish bags, and there was no legislation regarding waste placed in standard bins.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to publish the following clarification:

BIN WARS

Further to an article published in the Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer on January 25 headlined 'Council U-turn on fine for pensioner in bin wars’, we would like to make clear that householders can be fined for leaving rubbish bags – not domestic bins –- out on non-collection days. Our story was therefore incorrect in stating that a councillor's bin flouted the authority's own rules by being out on the "wrong" day.

Report: 75



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