COUNCIL bosses are facing criticism for not filling a number of job vacancies in the refuse, street cleansing and recycling departments despite Hyndburn being named one of the North West's dirtiest boroughs.
Opposition leader Graham Jones has slammed the council's decision not to fill "key" posts in the next financial year in a cost-cutting exercise expected to save over £50,000.
Councillor Jones said: "There is no structure, with some vacancies in recycling and street cleaning being left empty for years.
"There is inconsistency and the council is not going to achieve results if we haven't got the manpower and resources.
"Hyndburn has been ranked as one of the dirtiest towns in the North West so we need to throw resources in.
"Posts should be filled and if they aren't needed then they should be scrapped altogether."
The decision to keep a number of vacancies empty for the new financial year, including a recycling officer and a street cleaner, was taken ahead of this year's council budget.
But the leader of the council, Councillor Peter Britcliffe, was quick to deny claims that services would be cut or affected by the job vacancies.
He said: "These posts are no longer needed which is why we haven't filled them.
"For example, we employed a major initiative officer when we introduced recycling to the borough.
"As recycling is now very successful we no longer need the initiative officer so the post is empty.
"The reason we are keeping it open is in case the situation changes and we need a new recycling officer to implement another major change.
"In the case of the street cleaning post, this was a reserve job to cover for employees on absence.
"As a council we have cut work absence from 14 days to 10 per year.
"We are more efficient so these posts aren't needed."