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Decision time on Pendle garden waste collection fee

Lancashire Telegraph: Pendle residents will be charged to have their grass cuttings and other garden waste removed by the council – unless they make their own arrangements Pendle residents will be charged to have their grass cuttings and other garden waste removed by the council – unless they make their own arrangements

PENDLE residents will have to decide whether to pay £25 to have their garden waste collected as the council sends out information packs over the next three weeks.

The council voted to introduce the controversial charge earlier this year, and between now and May 11, residents will receive the pack and a letter in the post.

The pack has full details of how the subscription scheme works and tells residents how they can make their annual £25 payment.

Philip Mousdale, deputy chief executive, said: “We have had to make changes to how we finance some of our services against a backdrop of tighter budgets than we’ve ever faced before.

“The annual garden waste subscription charge is £25 per bin – this equates to 50p per week. This will not make a profit for the council, but cover the costs of providing the service.”

The plans were initially met with anger when they were mooted in September last year, with councillors in the Lib Dem group raising their concerns.

Coun David Whipp said: “We have very reluctantly had to go along with this. It is not very welcome but given the Government cuts and the dire straits the council is in, it is one of the things we have had to do.

“One of the alternatives was a charge for collection of bulky household items, which would have caused more of a problem with fly-tipping than this.

“It’s important to note that people don’t have to pay this fee. They can make their own arrangements, such as taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Centres or composting it.”

The new garden waste subscription scheme starts on June 30. Until that date, collections will continue as normal, without a charge.

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5:10pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

compost your own waste and the charge is not a problem.
compost your own waste and the charge is not a problem. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -2

5:41pm Thu 24 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

They don't need a mask and a pistol.
Don't householders pay enough tax as it is?
You know who not to vote for now-but will you?
They don't need a mask and a pistol. Don't householders pay enough tax as it is? You know who not to vote for now-but will you? vicn1956
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Thu 24 Apr 14

The Curator says...

Fantastic news .
That means less Eco destruction in Pendle, as less garden waste will now be being shipped around the place . Get composting long live the invertebrates .
Fantastic news . That means less Eco destruction in Pendle, as less garden waste will now be being shipped around the place . Get composting long live the invertebrates . The Curator
  • Score: -2

8:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

justaworkinlad says...

Does this mean if you work or save you will pay the charge but those on benefits will not. Just asking.
Does this mean if you work or save you will pay the charge but those on benefits will not. Just asking. justaworkinlad
  • Score: 5

11:29pm Thu 24 Apr 14

jaffa90 says...

Cut backs, charges, ok let`s bring back dog licences to pay for all these dog waste bins and collections. Hold on my council tax is higher due to having a garden (not sure).
Cut backs, charges, ok let`s bring back dog licences to pay for all these dog waste bins and collections. Hold on my council tax is higher due to having a garden (not sure). jaffa90
  • Score: 2

6:31am Fri 25 Apr 14

Primus622 says...

Send your green bins back and ram your garden waste in your refuse bins....some councils recycle garden waste and sell the resulting compost.... that should fund the collection..
Send your green bins back and ram your garden waste in your refuse bins....some councils recycle garden waste and sell the resulting compost.... that should fund the collection.. Primus622
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

Not one twig has been removed from my garden, due composting efforts, as such I will not be paying this new collection fee ever!!
Not one twig has been removed from my garden, due composting efforts, as such I will not be paying this new collection fee ever!! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

BIGGLESTOE wrote:
Not one twig has been removed from my garden, due composting efforts, as such I will not be paying this new collection fee ever!!
Thats the way to do it Biggle.
[quote][p][bold]BIGGLESTOE[/bold] wrote: Not one twig has been removed from my garden, due composting efforts, as such I will not be paying this new collection fee ever!![/p][/quote]Thats the way to do it Biggle. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -1

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