‘It’s going to cause problems’, says former Tatton head gardener over green bin 'fiasco' (From Knutsford Guardian)
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‘It’s going to cause problems’, says former Tatton head gardener over green bin 'fiasco'
THE former head gardener for Tatton Park has branded Cheshire East Council’s decision to suspend its green bin collection for four months during the winter period as ‘ridiculous’.
Last week the Guardian reported that 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 to save them more than £1 million over the next four years.
However, the decision has sparked criticism from residents affected by the reduction in service.
Sam Youd, former head gardener for Tatton and Knutsford resident, said: “Now is the busiest time for gardens, and with the mild conditions we are experiencing we could be mowing grass up until Christmas.
“It’s a stupid thing and it’s going to cause people a lot of problems.”
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 but Sam said the options aren’t suitable for everyone.
He added: “By the time the grass is collected it will be rotten, overflowing and possibly home to mice looking for warmth. Also, a lot of people don’t have cars and can’t get to the tip. They will end up tipping it on the roadside or setting fire to it.”
Clr David Topping, Cheshire East Council cabinet member, said the money saved from making the changes, an estimated £120,000 in the first year, will enable the council to focus on improving key winter services ‘that really matter to local people’, such as gritting roads and repairing potholes.
He added: “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.”
Sam, however, said that Clr Topping’s comments only prove there is a demand for the service.
He said: “The service is obviously being used. Why don’t they just have one collection in the middle of the four-month period? It would solve their problem.”
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