Welsh nonsense on new council wheelie bins

Published date: 22 January 2013 |
Published by: Helen Davies
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A COUNCIL blunder has led to thousands of wheelie bins beings distributed to residents with a significant Welsh spelling mistake printed on the lids.

Over the past two months Denbighshire County Council has been delivering new refuse bins to thousands of residents across the county.

But on the dark grey general waste bins the Welsh for ‘grey’ is spelt incorrectly.

In fact the word ‘Llwydd’ is nonsense and doesn’t exist in the Welsh language.

“Denbighshire County Council need to get their act together in terms of how they spell things,” said Hefin Griffiths from Corwen.

“They’ve got a Welsh and English translation on the lids of each bin telling you what you can and can’t put in each one.

“I went to look at them when they were delivered because I wasn’t happy with having them delivered in the first place and I noticed the spelling mistake.”

On the grey bin, which is one of five new bins being rolled out, the word ‘Llwyd’ is spelt with an extra ‘d’ as ‘Llwydd’.

Sheepish council officers have admitted they made a mistake, but they have yet to determine just how many bins have been distributed with the spelling error.

“We're still looking into how many bins are affected,” a spokeswoman for the council said.

“Some of the art work that was sent to the bin manufacturers on some of the 140 litre bins was incorrect.

“We're trying to establish at what point the mistake was made.”

She added that the council hadn’t received a complaint directly so only started looking into the issue when notified by the Free Press.

It is the latest in a series of problems with the distribution of the new bins.

Last November the Free Press reported on seven elderly and disabled village residents in Llanfair DC being left distressed after having 35 council wheelie bins dumped outside their picturesque stone cottages.

In other parts of the county there were problems throughout December when bins failed to be delivered to some villages, collection dates were changed and refuse
was not been collected at all.

Many residents have said there are too many bins and they are too large for their needs.

“The fact they’ve spelt it wrong should be noted,” said Mr Griffiths.

“I’ve asked them to come and collect them as I didn’t need that many bins anyway.”

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  1. Posted by: buzzard at 17:40 on 18 January 2013 Report

    Does this sto not show that most Welsh people don't read the Welsh Language written on things? It seems that even the council staff working on the preparation fo these new bns did not bother to read the Welsh Language text. If all the money that is spent in providing Welsh translations were spent on real economic development then maybe more Welsh speakers would be able to stay and work in Wales.

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