THE Borough Council wrote to the GMB Union reconfirming its offer of a 7% pay rise for drivers and 3% for all other waste, recycling and street cleansing staff yesterday – but this was again rejected by the GMB Union.

Here is the council: “They continue to demand 25%.The offer we are making would achieve pay parity with drivers in Lewes.

And as requested by the GMB Union, we also confirmed that our contractors will install new shower facilities at the Courtlands Road depot along with a new welfare unit.

We have made it clear to the GMB Union representatives that we are keen to meet them, but disappointingly a date is still not confirmed.

We would like to thank residents for their patience as we try to resolve this dispute.

We are delighted that collections of refuse have been taking place today, particularly for residents in Hampden Park who have been among the hardest hit by the strike called by the GMB Union.”