County residents get their say on garden waste changes

County residents get their say on garden waste changes

County residents get their say on garden waste changes

First published in News

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on changes to kerbside garden waste collections which could save Wiltshire Council thousands of pounds.

Garden waste is currently collected at the kerbside every fortnight for those living in the Wiltshire Council area, but the council has put together three proposals to reduce the cost of the service.

Toby Sturgis, the cabinet member responsible for waste management, said: “The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase. We need to make savings to help the council deliver its priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together. “We want to involve local people in any decisions we make to ensure people have a chance to have their say.”

From July 1 people will be asked to choose which of these three options best meet their needs:

  • A three-month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections in December, January and February.
  • A five-month suspension of the service with no collections in November, December, January, February and March.
  • To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service of £35 a bin a year.

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6:25pm Fri 27 Jun 14

fuzzey says...

Absolutely brilliant brains on the job at last .please go for it and have your say .don't finish up like us in swindon.suspension of the service for the 5 winter months would get my vote .Go for it while you can .
Absolutely brilliant brains on the job at last .please go for it and have your say .don't finish up like us in swindon.suspension of the service for the 5 winter months would get my vote .Go for it while you can . fuzzey
  • Score: 14

7:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Oik1 says...

What a crying shame it took the fiasco in Swindon for others to learn the lesson, I have to agree with the above, vote, go for it.
What a crying shame it took the fiasco in Swindon for others to learn the lesson, I have to agree with the above, vote, go for it. Oik1
  • Score: 11

7:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

LordCharles says...

Here's an idea. Why not charge £40 a year and supply bio degradable paper bags that old people can carry. If you consider a full wheelie bin could weigh more than an old lady, it would make her life easier if she could take paper bags to the roadside.
Here's an idea. Why not charge £40 a year and supply bio degradable paper bags that old people can carry. If you consider a full wheelie bin could weigh more than an old lady, it would make her life easier if she could take paper bags to the roadside. LordCharles
  • Score: 1

10:46am Sat 28 Jun 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
All Swindon residents were asked as the consultation was open to the public and information was made available through multiple channels to notify residents including a postal drop. In fact the consultation had respondents from outside the impacted area, so it was clearly open to abuse.

Despite that the council ignored the views of many and interpreted the results to do what they wanted to do which is the reduction in service we now have on the basis that we MAY get future cost savings; that in all probability will never materialise!

Couple that with a shambolic implementation and we get the mess we have today with fly tipping on the increase. Many residents claim not to know of the changes, yet the changes were further notified in all the council tax information packs sent out at the end of March.

If people can't be bothered to read the mail, then that is hardly the fault of the council. Too many people simply can't be bothered and then run to "whingebook" to complain.

The suspension option should always have been the route taken and I seem to recall it was suggested by a number of people. There is always different types of work to be done, but the council don't seem to want a flexible work force that turn their hands to different things at different times of the year. Perhaps it is the unions that won't let them......!


I look forward to the down voting since I'm probably rattling feathers on sides of the spectrum.....!
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.[/p][/quote]All Swindon residents were asked as the consultation was open to the public and information was made available through multiple channels to notify residents including a postal drop. In fact the consultation had respondents from outside the impacted area, so it was clearly open to abuse. Despite that the council ignored the views of many and interpreted the results to do what they wanted to do which is the reduction in service we now have on the basis that we MAY get future cost savings; that in all probability will never materialise! Couple that with a shambolic implementation and we get the mess we have today with fly tipping on the increase. Many residents claim not to know of the changes, yet the changes were further notified in all the council tax information packs sent out at the end of March. If people can't be bothered to read the mail, then that is hardly the fault of the council. Too many people simply can't be bothered and then run to "whingebook" to complain. The suspension option should always have been the route taken and I seem to recall it was suggested by a number of people. There is always different types of work to be done, but the council don't seem to want a flexible work force that turn their hands to different things at different times of the year. Perhaps it is the unions that won't let them......! I look forward to the down voting since I'm probably rattling feathers on sides of the spectrum.....! LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 7

6:45pm Sat 28 Jun 14

MrAngry says...

Wiltshire Council has the slogan .... Wiltshire where everyone matters.

SBC's unofficial slogan should be ..... Swindon where nobody matters.

That's the difference.
Wiltshire Council has the slogan .... Wiltshire where everyone matters. SBC's unofficial slogan should be ..... Swindon where nobody matters. That's the difference. MrAngry
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Sun 29 Jun 14

suburbanbear says...

I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee.
I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee. suburbanbear
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Sun 29 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.[/p][/quote]If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you. house on the hill
  • Score: -1

10:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

fuzzey says...

suburbanbear wrote:
I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee.
Hi there .i believe there is to be choice between 3 months suspension 5 months suspension OR the 35 pounds fee .go for the 5 months suspension save your council money and help yourselves as well .only wish we were given these options in swindon .
[quote][p][bold]suburbanbear[/bold] wrote: I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee.[/p][/quote]Hi there .i believe there is to be choice between 3 months suspension 5 months suspension OR the 35 pounds fee .go for the 5 months suspension save your council money and help yourselves as well .only wish we were given these options in swindon . fuzzey
  • Score: 8

11:32pm Sun 29 Jun 14

suburbanbear says...

fuzzey wrote:
suburbanbear wrote:
I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee.
Hi there .i believe there is to be choice between 3 months suspension 5 months suspension OR the 35 pounds fee .go for the 5 months suspension save your council money and help yourselves as well .only wish we were given these options in swindon .
My bad, completely skimmed past the 'Wiltshire Council' part. Dammit.
[quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suburbanbear[/bold] wrote: I'm glad there's a vote on this. Although if they're not going to collect for 3-5 months of the year I would like to see a reduction in the fee.[/p][/quote]Hi there .i believe there is to be choice between 3 months suspension 5 months suspension OR the 35 pounds fee .go for the 5 months suspension save your council money and help yourselves as well .only wish we were given these options in swindon .[/p][/quote]My bad, completely skimmed past the 'Wiltshire Council' part. Dammit. suburbanbear
  • Score: 5

8:17am Mon 30 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

house on the hill wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.
The "bigger picture" picture is that Swindon Borough Clownskool do not listen/respond to views of the electorate.
This is a prime example.
Score -75👎
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.[/p][/quote]If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.[/p][/quote]The "bigger picture" picture is that Swindon Borough Clownskool do not listen/respond to views of the electorate. This is a prime example. Score -75👎 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Sandor Clegane says...

house on the hill wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.
The only piece of Labour campaign material we received before the local elections was a flimsy cut out of a green waste bin and something about a £40 charge we haven't needed to pay.

Not really a surprise that they couldn't beat the Tories if that's the best they could come up with!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.[/p][/quote]If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.[/p][/quote]The only piece of Labour campaign material we received before the local elections was a flimsy cut out of a green waste bin and something about a £40 charge we haven't needed to pay. Not really a surprise that they couldn't beat the Tories if that's the best they could come up with! Sandor Clegane
  • Score: -2

2:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

house on the hill wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.
If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.
Quite right. There is plenty more to want them ousted for. It all tots up though.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Some Swindon residents were asked,and their majority opinions ignored. Yet people still didn't vote the shameful Tories out.[/p][/quote]If you base your vote on something as small as that you clearly don't have a clue. Yes its one small thing but look at the bigger picture and not just the small things that concern you.[/p][/quote]Quite right. There is plenty more to want them ousted for. It all tots up though. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

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