Liberal Democrats have been accused of undermining a multi-million pound bid for wheelie bin funding in Birmingham by leaking details of a confidential report.
Birmingham City Council is in the process of tabling a bid for Government funding to set up a wheelie bin recycling scheme in the city.
Details of the scheme, including the costs and numbers of bins and lorries needed, are being kept under wraps until the bid’s August 17 deadline to prevent rival cities trumping Birmingham’s bid, after which full consultation has been promised.
But Martin Mullaney, former Liberal Democrat councillor for Kings Heath and Moseley, published full details of the bid - together with a scathing criticism of the project - on his own website, leading to allegations that his former colleagues within the council had passed him the confidential papers.
The Labour cabinet member overseeing the bid, Coun James McKay (Harborne) has now written to councillors saying: “It is genuinely shocking that sensitive contents of a private report should be shared in this way.
“The bidding process is highly competitive, with local authorities across the country seeking a share of a limited pot of money.
“Understandably, Birmingham is seeking to maintain a competitive edge by not revealing the amount or details of its bid, which is not yet finalised.”
Councils all over the UK are competing for a slice of the £250 million Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme.
Despite the allegations, Mr Mullaney remained unrepentant.
He said: “I am content that my efforts are in the public interest and have exposed the Birmingham Labour Party’s secret plans.
"As I have emphasised repeatedly, I am not against wheelie bins in principle.
"What I am against is the Birmingham Labour Party imposing wheelie bins on every single household without any consultation as to whether residents want wheelie bins or not.”
He added that he is disappointed that plans for a food waste scheme had been dropped.