10:47am Thursday 12th July 2012
HEREFORDSHIRE Council’s Conservative administration (with its latest recruits to the cabinet and cabinet support members) continue to take decisions which impact on our daily lives, without proper consulting and informing elected members of their own council.
The latest fiasco surrounds the withdrawal of free black bags for ‘non-recyclable household waste’ (Hereford Times, June 21) to take effect from the autumn.
As an active ward councillor, I ask who took the decision and why was it not communicated to all elected councillors?
Where is the evidence to support claims of £3 per household cost to supply waste bags?
Why were delivery vans being used when waste collection trucks visit households on a weekly basis?
Has the likely cost of an increase in street littering been considered, if a variety of poor quality bags is used?
Will we revert to the ‘dustbin’ principle, which will need manual handing again?
Given that a variety of coloured bags may soon arrive on our pavement, can someone in authority please explain what has happened to the green waste recycling system which was due to be introduced some years ago?
In parts of Belmont ward I am proud to say we have community volunteers who do a fantastic job in litter picking despite the tall grass challenges.
I do hope that Herefordshire Council and its contractors are in a position to at least provide basic clean-up kit plus health and safety advice, as I see an ever-increasing need for the volunteers to assist.
COUN PHIL EDWARDS,
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