The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase. We need to make savings to help the council deliver its priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together.
One way of achieving some savings towards this is by changing the way the garden waste collection service is delivered. We currently deliver a fortnightly non-chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service to those residents that request the service.
We have considered a number of options for changing the kerbside garden waste collection service to make savings. No decisions have been made yet and the Council’s Cabinet has agreed to undertake a public consultation exercise to gain residents’ views on three potential options for change to inform their decision.
The consultation runs from 1 July until the 1 September 2014. The proposed changes are:
1. A three month suspension of the non-chargeable kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in December, January and February.
2. A five month suspension of the non-chargeable kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in November, December, January, February and March.
3. To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service instead of the current non-chargeable service.
Residents are asked to pick the one option which best meets their needs.
The consultation started on Sunday 1 July you can find now out more information and contribute to the consultation:
• online by visiting the Council’s website and following the link to public consultations.
• online at your local library