Bin boss resigns as fall-out from ITV documentary continues at Wigan Council

Wigan Council's director of environmental services has resigned and its head of PR reportedly remains suspended from his duties, as the council's investigation into its participation in an ITV documentary continues.

Wigan Town Hall: Investigation continues into ITV documentary
Wigan Town Hall: Investigation continues into ITV documentary

The June documentary, Don't Blame the Council, led some viewers to suggest ITV's portrayal of council workers as lazy and the council itself as ineffective was deliberately negative, while others questioned the council's decision to let the documentary go ahead.

In July, the council suspended head of PR Chris Dunbar and launched an investigation into the film. Terry Dunn, the director of environment whose oversight of bin collections featured prominently in the programme, was also reported by Wigan Today to have been suspended – although a spokeswoman for the council said at the time she could not comment on
Dunn's situation.

A new statement from Lord Peter Smith, leader of the council, reveals Dunn has now resigned.

Smith said: "Wigan Council can confirm that it has received and accepted the resignation of Mr Terry Dunn, the director of environmental services at Wigan Council. The council will make no further statement in the interests of preserving the integrity of the investigation concerning other employees, which will continue."

Wigan Today also reports that Dunbar remains suspended. His LinkedIn profile still lists him as the council's head of PR.

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