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Council hails £1million saving as green bins get a winter break
BOROUGH council chiefs say they will save £1million over the next four years by suspending its green bin collection for four months over the winter period.
The council’s no collection period will increase from its current two months, December to January, to four months, November 18 to March 14, in a move the authority believes will save them more than £1million over the next four years.
However, Clr Brian Silvester, UKIP member for Willaston, is now calling on Cheshire East to consult residents before going through with the change in collection.
“Residents have already contacted me to complain about this huge reduction in service,” he said.
“I am calling on Cheshire East to put this idea on ice and carry out a proper consultation with the residents who have green bins.
“There has been no public consultation or consultation with councillors on this major change that will happen in just six weeks time.”
Clr David Topping, Cheshire East Council cabinet member in charge of the environment, said he is confident the changes will save the council £120,000 in the first year and £300,000 in future years.
“That is a lot of money – which the council will now be able to use to focus on improving key winter services that really matter to local people, such as repairing potholes and gritting our roads,” he explained.
“This council is committed to working innovatively to be more effective and efficient and deliver real value for money for the taxpayers of Cheshire East.
“As only 10 per cent of garden waste is collected in the winter, there is far less need for this service then. This measure will save money and allow the council to focus its resources where they are most needed.
“This is yet another example of our willingness to explore innovative ways of working, while remaining focused on the council’s values and ensuring residents receive high-quality, professional services.”
Clr Silvester believes there is a risk this policy will result in the tipping of green waste on the roadside.
The council is advising people with garden waste to compost it at home, take it to the local recycling centre or store it in the green bin until collections recommence.
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