A COUNCIL employee who helped change the face of recycling in the area is retiring along with his long-serving secretary.
Wrexham Council’s head of environment John Bradbury, 65, who is in his 50th year serving his local authority, was just 16 when he started as an apprentice mechanic in 1964 before qualifying as a vehicle technician.
He held a number of roles for his council – including for the former Wrexham Maelor Borough Council. In 1995 he took on the role of chief community services officer, before landing the role as the head of the authority’s environment department.
During his half-century in local government, Mr Bradbury, of Acton, has been responsible in delivering many improvements to the environment service. These include being instrumental in introducing Wrexham’s successful Recycle with Michael scheme – with the authority now recycling more than 52 per cent of its waste.
During his time with the authority, he has also overseen the development of the PFI waste energy project, which saw a state-of-the-art facility being built on Wrexham’s Industrial Estate.
He was responsible for helping overhaul the county borough’s refuse collection programme, resulting in savings of more than £200,000 a year. Mr Bradbury has also helped bring the authority’s environmental services under the Streetscene banner.
He is looking forward to playing golf, following Wrexham FC and spending more time with wife Dorothy and three grandchildren in retirement.
He said: “I have enjoyed my time with Wrexham Council and I have been proud to have worked with some exceptional people over the years.
“I have witnessed a lot of changes during my time with the authority but I’ve been proud of what we have achieved, especially the inroads we’ve made with recycling in the county borough.
“I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and wish them well in the future.”
Cllr Bob Dutton, council lead member for environment, said: “John’s achievement is quite exceptional.
“It is not uncommon for people to spend their entire career in local government but it is very rare people get to 50 years. He served under me in Wrexham Maelor days in my capacity as chief executive and we were colleagues before that in the organisation from 1974.
“He has given many years of excellent service and his knowledge has been invaluable.”
Mr Bradbury’s long-serving secretary, Debbie Halligan, is also retiring. She has been with the authority for 28 years, with 18 of them as Mr Bradbury’s secretary.