Despite the overwhelming opposition from residents of the Borough, LibDem and Labour Councillors have again proposed that the Council charges for collecting garden waste.
Despite discovering just how unpopular it would be to charge for collecting garden waste, the Lib Dem/Labour Councillors set up a "Waste task and finish group".
A vote was taken on Monday 10th of August, and despite both the Conservatives and the Independents voting against garden waste charges, Councillors from Labour and Lib Dems voted to introduce charges, using wheelie bins for the service in areas where previously residents have said they do not want them.
Councillor Sue Lissimore, Shadow Cabinet member for Waste for the Conservatives, said “I believe this was a set up from the start. We were only given very loose information where savings could be made in other areas but what did come to light was the contracts that the council had agreed to for the North Essex Garden Communities amounted to nearly £1.3 million. If this council had not continued with pushing for garden communities and wasted this money, then we would now not be facing being charged for collection of our garden waste. It also came to light that the Council are relying on agency staff to collect rubbish and recycling which costs a great deal more than paid staff. This has wasted large amounts of money for many years”.
Conservatives at Colchester Borough Council do not believe that residents should suffer for the mistakes that this Council have previously made. So introducing garden waste charges, primarily to raise £1.3 million to pay-off part of the £8m wasted on the failed garden communities project is a slap in the face for hard-working residents and will increase fly tipping, Bonfires and hit those that are struggling financially hardest.
It is frustrating that so soon after they were defeated on this issue, they’ve tried to bring it back after stuffing a committee with their own members.
Cllr Sue Lissimore
Tel 07540 328316
Colchester Borough Councillor for Prettygate ward.
Essex County Councillor for Drury division.