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Councillors pledge to scrap Pendle wheelie bin charge

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LABOUR councillors in Pendle have pledged to scrap a charge to have garden waste bins emptied if they take control of the council next month.

Pendle Council has introduced a £25 charge per household per year for garden waste collections from the end of June.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Labour group, said: “At the budget meeting, Labour was the only party which refused to impose this back-door increase on over 25,000 households across Pendle.

“I make a public promise to scrap this tax on garden waste if Labour takes control of the council after the local elections on May 22.”

Earlier this week Philip Mousdale, deputy chief executive at Pendle Council, 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.”

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7:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Just put your garden waste in your ordinary bin, if they can't promote Green waste free of charge sod them.
Just put your garden waste in your ordinary bin, if they can't promote Green waste free of charge sod them. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 18

8:25pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pendlegirl says...

At last someone talking sense
At last someone talking sense pendlegirl
  • Score: 6

8:42pm Sun 27 Apr 14

tonygreaves says...

Will Labour Councillors also promise to carry out all the other things in their budget - closing the Swimming pool in Colne in September, charging for replacement wheelie bins, charging for household bulky waste collections, cutting street sweeping, closing Discover Pendle, closing Fence library, cliosing the Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, no money for maintenance of bus shelters, cutting parks maintenance, scrapping Camerata concerts, no money for cutting highways verges...

I am just typing these out from Labour's budget, which I have in front of me.

As it happens it is virtually impossible for Labour to get control this year, which is perhaps just as well.

Tony Greaves
Will Labour Councillors also promise to carry out all the other things in their budget - closing the Swimming pool in Colne in September, charging for replacement wheelie bins, charging for household bulky waste collections, cutting street sweeping, closing Discover Pendle, closing Fence library, cliosing the Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, no money for maintenance of bus shelters, cutting parks maintenance, scrapping Camerata concerts, no money for cutting highways verges... I am just typing these out from Labour's budget, which I have in front of me. As it happens it is virtually impossible for Labour to get control this year, which is perhaps just as well. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 11

11:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

retsofad says...

DON'T BELIEVE A WORD WHAT CLR IQBAL SAYS HE'S A SNAKE IN THE GRASS.
Yes I don't agree with charging for GREEN WASTE as when the council started GREEN WASTE collections it was going for composting then the Council were selling it back to the public so what went wrong and why do you need to pay to have GREEN WASTE collected? I don't have any GREEN WASTE BIN living in a terraced house but I know many old people who do and can ill afford this charge think again we don't want Clr Iqbal as council Leader
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD WHAT CLR IQBAL SAYS HE'S A SNAKE IN THE GRASS. Yes I don't agree with charging for GREEN WASTE as when the council started GREEN WASTE collections it was going for composting then the Council were selling it back to the public so what went wrong and why do you need to pay to have GREEN WASTE collected? I don't have any GREEN WASTE BIN living in a terraced house but I know many old people who do and can ill afford this charge think again we don't want Clr Iqbal as council Leader retsofad
  • Score: 7

6:49am Mon 28 Apr 14

Kevin, Colne says...

This pledge begs a question: how is the abolition of the £25 surcharge going to be funded?

As I understand the position Pendle Council is drawing heavily on reserves. This policy is not sustainable in the medium term and if the abolition is to be funded by using reserves then the policy will have an exceedingly short shelf life.

Politically the pledge is a very astute move. Other parties will have to respond. The parties currently running the Council and who have just recently voted to introduce the charge can hardly now claim that they’ll abolish it without looking either inept or opportunistic. The parties that are not currently represented on the council will, of course, have more space for manoeuvre on this issue.

The headline on the Labour Party flyer pitched to our ward has been ‘End to North Valley Traffic Congestion In Sight’ – or words to that affect.
I have to say in all honesty to Pendle Labour Party that this was a terrifically good headline but it was one that I couldn’t square in my head, and believe me I did try.

From where I’m sitting I’d say that in the short to medium term the traffic congestion on the North Valley is here to stay, and will be getting appreciably worse.

As best I can judge the reintroduction of a direct rail link between Colne and Skipton is at least a decade away, and the same is true of the A56 Villages By-pass probably. The Council has just recently granted planning permission for the construction of a garden centre, new retail unit and public house on the North Valley Spine. An application for substantial housing development on the east side of Colne is pending.

I am aware that the County Council has modelled traffic flows which suggest that the road network will cope after the introduction of some minor works. My guess is that traffic congestion along the North Valley Spine will prevail for longer periods of time and become much, much worse.

I'm sorry but I simply don’t buy the claim by the Labour Party locally that an end to congestion is in sight.
This pledge begs a question: how is the abolition of the £25 surcharge going to be funded? As I understand the position Pendle Council is drawing heavily on reserves. This policy is not sustainable in the medium term and if the abolition is to be funded by using reserves then the policy will have an exceedingly short shelf life. Politically the pledge is a very astute move. Other parties will have to respond. The parties currently running the Council and who have just recently voted to introduce the charge can hardly now claim that they’ll abolish it without looking either inept or opportunistic. The parties that are not currently represented on the council will, of course, have more space for manoeuvre on this issue. The headline on the Labour Party flyer pitched to our ward has been ‘End to North Valley Traffic Congestion In Sight’ – or words to that affect. I have to say in all honesty to Pendle Labour Party that this was a terrifically good headline but it was one that I couldn’t square in my head, and believe me I did try. From where I’m sitting I’d say that in the short to medium term the traffic congestion on the North Valley is here to stay, and will be getting appreciably worse. As best I can judge the reintroduction of a direct rail link between Colne and Skipton is at least a decade away, and the same is true of the A56 Villages By-pass probably. The Council has just recently granted planning permission for the construction of a garden centre, new retail unit and public house on the North Valley Spine. An application for substantial housing development on the east side of Colne is pending. I am aware that the County Council has modelled traffic flows which suggest that the road network will cope after the introduction of some minor works. My guess is that traffic congestion along the North Valley Spine will prevail for longer periods of time and become much, much worse. I'm sorry but I simply don’t buy the claim by the Labour Party locally that an end to congestion is in sight. Kevin, Colne
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9:33am Mon 28 Apr 14

midas says...

Why are the people living in terraced houses (that don't have gardens) subsidizing the householders that have gardens and live in more expensive houses? Why do the council feel obligated to take peoples garden waste? If you can afford a house with a garden you can afford to get rid of the garden waste.
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Or reduce the number of garden waste collections to 1 per month.
Why are the people living in terraced houses (that don't have gardens) subsidizing the householders that have gardens and live in more expensive houses? Why do the council feel obligated to take peoples garden waste? If you can afford a house with a garden you can afford to get rid of the garden waste. . Or reduce the number of garden waste collections to 1 per month. midas
  • Score: 0

10:35am Mon 28 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

midas wrote:
Why are the people living in terraced houses (that don't have gardens) subsidizing the householders that have gardens and live in more expensive houses? Why do the council feel obligated to take peoples garden waste? If you can afford a house with a garden you can afford to get rid of the garden waste.
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Or reduce the number of garden waste collections to 1 per month.
Hi Midas, this is a slippery path your going down saying you have no garden waste because people live in terraced houses don't have any, say I don't have children, education is one of the governments and local councils because costs in our country, so why should I pay? No I don't agree with the Green tax, put it in your ordinary bin (if u can fit it in) at no cost to anyone.
You may also want ask your council why they are charging you, are they not looking after your money wisely, not many other councils are charging this stupid tax!!
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: Why are the people living in terraced houses (that don't have gardens) subsidizing the householders that have gardens and live in more expensive houses? Why do the council feel obligated to take peoples garden waste? If you can afford a house with a garden you can afford to get rid of the garden waste. . Or reduce the number of garden waste collections to 1 per month.[/p][/quote]Hi Midas, this is a slippery path your going down saying you have no garden waste because people live in terraced houses don't have any, say I don't have children, education is one of the governments and local councils because costs in our country, so why should I pay? No I don't agree with the Green tax, put it in your ordinary bin (if u can fit it in) at no cost to anyone. You may also want ask your council why they are charging you, are they not looking after your money wisely, not many other councils are charging this stupid tax!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 2

11:17am Mon 28 Apr 14

tonygreaves says...

The estimated saving from charging for garden waste collections is £160,000. I doubt if it will be so much. The point in favour of the charge is that it is better to charge than to withdraw the service altogether which would otherwise be on the agenda. (Or some of the Labour Party's cuts instead that I listed above).

Why is this happening. Because Pendle's spending on services in 2017 (allowing for inflation) will be about HALF what it was in 2010. This is due to (1) massive 2/3 cut in central government funding. (2) changes in the local government finance system. (3) inability to put up the Council tax.

Tony Greaves
The estimated saving from charging for garden waste collections is £160,000. I doubt if it will be so much. The point in favour of the charge is that it is better to charge than to withdraw the service altogether which would otherwise be on the agenda. (Or some of the Labour Party's cuts instead that I listed above). Why is this happening. Because Pendle's spending on services in 2017 (allowing for inflation) will be about HALF what it was in 2010. This is due to (1) massive 2/3 cut in central government funding. (2) changes in the local government finance system. (3) inability to put up the Council tax. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 2

11:19am Mon 28 Apr 14

tonygreaves says...

Kevin is of course right on his other point. The idea that the congestion on the North Valley route through Colne is going to disappear if people vote Labour is silly and dishonest nonsense.

Tony Greaves
Kevin is of course right on his other point. The idea that the congestion on the North Valley route through Colne is going to disappear if people vote Labour is silly and dishonest nonsense. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Mon 28 Apr 14

pendlegirl says...

and are you not part of the government Mr Greeves ? so do we blame you for these cuts as a Tory boy
and are you not part of the government Mr Greeves ? so do we blame you for these cuts as a Tory boy pendlegirl
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Mon 28 Apr 14

coates warder says...

tonygreaves wrote:
Will Labour Councillors also promise to carry out all the other things in their budget - closing the Swimming pool in Colne in September, charging for replacement wheelie bins, charging for household bulky waste collections, cutting street sweeping, closing Discover Pendle, closing Fence library, cliosing the Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, no money for maintenance of bus shelters, cutting parks maintenance, scrapping Camerata concerts, no money for cutting highways verges...

I am just typing these out from Labour's budget, which I have in front of me.

As it happens it is virtually impossible for Labour to get control this year, which is perhaps just as well.

Tony Greaves
us in barlick are still waiting for the first cut of the year down coates its like a jungle by the mugga park .disgusting
[quote][p][bold]tonygreaves[/bold] wrote: Will Labour Councillors also promise to carry out all the other things in their budget - closing the Swimming pool in Colne in September, charging for replacement wheelie bins, charging for household bulky waste collections, cutting street sweeping, closing Discover Pendle, closing Fence library, cliosing the Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, no money for maintenance of bus shelters, cutting parks maintenance, scrapping Camerata concerts, no money for cutting highways verges... I am just typing these out from Labour's budget, which I have in front of me. As it happens it is virtually impossible for Labour to get control this year, which is perhaps just as well. Tony Greaves[/p][/quote]us in barlick are still waiting for the first cut of the year down coates its like a jungle by the mugga park .disgusting coates warder
  • Score: 1

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