Council leader: ‘I take responsibility for the bin problems… Dundee ISN’T going to end up rat infested’

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He is the youngest city councillor and was previously convener of the neighbourhood services committee and was the Young People’s champion for the city.

He said away from the issues with the bins, the council is making great strides — with work going on to improve education, secure jobs and achieve key priorities in the Tay Cities Deal.

Mr Alexander also said the council is fighting to ensure Dundee becomes European Capital of Culture 2023.

He said: “In education I am determined to improve attainment and outcomes for our children. A further £5.6 million is being ploughed into education in Dundee and I will ensure that every penny is used to increase the life chances of our young people.

“We’re working with Dundee and Angus College to develop the skills academy and we’re already making headway.

“I hope that the bins situation doesn’t overshadow all the other great work that is currently going on. Since I took office I have had dozens of meetings with people as I look towards the next five years.

“There is work taking place right now that will reap benefits in the future.”

Mr Alexander said he was also working with key local businesses to bring jobs to the city. “We have a clear strategy for improving employment in Dundee, particularly on the back of recent job losses.

“A lot of work is currently going on to develop decommissioning in Dundee which hopefully will be one of our biggest employers in coming years — a lot more work is to be coming to the city’s port.”