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Green Waste, Fly-Tipping and Library Services

7th August 2023 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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GreenWaste, Fly-Tipping and Library Services

(please click here to see full Agenda/Minutes)

There may be some Audlemites desperate to see democracy in action! The minutes in the above link cover both the contentious Green Waste and Library proposals which were voted in on majority votes – in the case of Green waste the dissenters insisted on being named in the minutes.

(Please note- increased fly tipping was seen by 2 speakers as likely to rise because of the Green Waste subscription.)

There was significant debate (on Green Waste Subscription) which included the following points:

  • Some members felt that they did not have sufficient involvement in the production of the MTFS and were unable to make changes to the proposals
  • Green waste charging was controversial with residents and it was felt that many may choose not to pay
  • It appeared to be a change of course as there had been investment in encouraging residents to dispose of food waste in green bins
  • Instances of fly tipping may go unreported when on private land which would particularly affect rural areas
  • Concern that reducing the collection of green waste, as was done by Cheshire West, was not included in the proposal
  • The Council had to set a balanced budget by law and this was one of the few services within the committee's remit that was not statutory
  • There was an opportunity to be environmental with the change, such as encouraging home composting and rewilding to reduce garden waste

Discussion on the Statutory Library Service seems to have mainly been around the MTFS (Medium Tern Financial Strategy) – readers are asked to make their own assessment on these matters!

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