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Tory green waste strategy: more cost for less service

October 26, 2011 11:59 PM

Uttlesford Lib Dems have condemned Conservative green waste plans for hitting the district's most disadvantaged with more charges during a difficult economic climate.

The new £40 per year subscription service will replace the current green waste sacks, while the district council is withdrawing from provision of village skips which are a valuable and popular service. While Saffron Walden will retain green waste skips provided by the county council, Great Dunmow and Stansted will be without a promised civic amenity site.

People living in narrow roads will not be able to subscribe to the service as the green waste vehicles cannot travel down them, but the district council has refused to consider an alternative.

The Conservative cabinet made only minor amendments, introduced to encourage people to sign up to the unpopular subscription service. Fewer than five percent of households have signed up to date.

Lib Dem Environment spokesman Elizabeth Parr said: "I am disappointed that the Conservatives have decided to discontinue the green waste sack scheme, despite concerns raised by many local people. This is something which some of the most vulnerable residents of Uttlesford, especially older people, rely upon.

"I feel it is unfair that the new bins will cost people with smaller gardens considerably more than what they currently pay for green waste sacks. They have effectively had a service taken away. The kerbside green waste collection will be an elite service for people with money."