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Fees scrapped for waste and recycling service in Pendle
9:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL charges for waste and recycling services have been scrapped.
Fees had been suggested for a raft of services including bulky waste collections, replacements bins and green waste collections.
At a full council meeting on Thursday, leader Joe Cooney proposed scrapping the garden waste charges for now, and introducing a £10 charge for bulky waste and a £10 charge for replacement bins.
But Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors voted against the plans and the motion to introduce no charges for waste services was passed 26 votes to 13.
Coun Tony Greaves, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “We may have to look at this again in two or three years time but we do not have to do it now.”
Coun Greaves said the charges would result to more fly-tipping, which would cost the council money, and would lead to arguments over bins in the streets.
Coun Cooney said: “We have had discussions about charging for bulky waste many times before but, in the current climate, we have to be realistic and say it is difficult to continue doing this for free.
“It is also only fair we look to get some of our admin and delivery charges back when delivering new bins, which is why we have suggested a £10 delivery charge.”
Coun Mohammed Iqbal, leader of the Labour group, said: “To hit the poor people of Pendle with these charges is wrong, and I don’t think they realise the implications of introducing some of these charges.”
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