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Mike Sole and local residents force council u-turn over green bin collections

December 28, 2018 10:38 AM
By Mike Sole

Local residents were shocked to hear that their garden waste was not going to be collected for the next three months.

This announcement was made at short notice, without warning, leaving many residents baffled and concerned about full bins that would not be emptied and gardening yet to be done.

Whilst council leader Simon Cook initially defended the cut in service, Lib Dem campaigner for Nailbourne Ward, Mike Sole, raised concerns about the way the decision was communicated. "Whilst there may be valid reasons for reducing the number of collections throughout the winter months, to do so without adequate warning was not good enough. The city council have already bailed out Serco once this year and to let them off collections, only to do work that they should be doing anyway is not acceptable"

Following pressure from local residents, the city council have agreed to to reinstate one more collection in January.

Mike Sole added, "I am delighted that the city council have performed a partial u-turn and listened to residents. With other local Conservative councils now charging additional fees for green waste collection I hope that this reduced service isn't the thin end of the wedge. Collecting from residents is much more environmentally friendly than asking people to drive into Canterbury to the Household recycling centre with their garden waste, which creates many more journeys."