PENDLE householders could see collection of recycling bins changed from fortnightly to every four weeks under cost-saving proposals.

The borough’s executive agreed the move but decided to consult on the change before putting it to a vote of the full council meeting on October 26.

Grey general rubbish bins and brown recycling ones, for glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cans and tins, are each collected every fortnight on an alternate weekly basis.

Senior councillors voted to recommend a move to four-weekly recyclable waste collection but keep fortnightly non-recyclable rounds to save £216,000 a year.

The borough executive decided to consult with the public before consideration of the change next month.

Conservative opposition leader Joe Coney vowed to oppose the proposal agreed by the ruling Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition.

He also pledged to vote against a 10 per cent increase in burial charges agreed by the executive meeting.

The executive also approved rises in pest control fees and the cost of planning advice as well as charging £10 plus VAT for bulky household waste collections and £15 plus VAT for replacing ‘wheelie’ bins.

Other cuts approved, subject to full council approval, to save £1.2million in 2018/19 included leaving some town hall posts vacant, reducing the property repairs and maintenance budget and cutting back mechanical road sweeping.

Pendle Labour leader Mohammed Iqbal said: “I understand these are sensitive matters.

“This is why we are consulting on changing the refuse collection routine before next month’s full council meeting and rejected moving to three-weekly alternate grey and brown bin collection which would have saved more money.

“We do not want to increase burial charges but have kept them at the same level for two years.

“Cllr Cooney should stop whingeing about this but lobby his party’s government for more money for Pendle.”

Cllr Cooney said: “We will vote against changes to the recyclable bin collections which completely the wrong thing to do. We also opposes rises in burial charges which are a death tax families can’t afford.”

The executive agreed to freeze market rents and charges for adult sports pitches,taxi licensing and disposing of trade waste.

Dean Langton, Pendle Council’s strategic director, said: “We’ve taken great care when coming up with our proposals but there are some difficult decisions to be made.”