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Garden Waste Collection Service - Review of Charges

Meeting: 11/01/2017 - Cabinet (Item 64)

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To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment updating Members on the current charging regime in place in respect of the Council’s Garden Waste Collection Service and proposes changes that would properly recover the cost of delivering such a service whilst being mindful of ongoing financial challenges.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    A fixed annual charge of £42.00 per bin be introduced for membership of the Garden Waste Collection Service in 2017/2018, with a concessionary charge of £24.00, and

 

2.    A fixed annual charge of £44.00 per bin be introduced for the 2018/2019 membership period, with a concessionary charge of £26.00.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment which updated Members on the current charging regime in place in respect of the Council’s Garden Waste Collection Service and proposed changes that would continue to ensure that the cost of the service was being met by service users and recognisedongoing financial challenges.

 

Councillor Cook highlighted key areas of the report, commenting that this was an optional service that the Council continued to provide at a cheaper rate than a number of other local authorities and comparably to neighbouring authorities. He advised that this was the first price increase since the scheme’s inception in 2011 and a number of different charging options had been explored. He noted that the proposals would generate £152,000 additional revenue which would contribute to the wider cost of the waste and recycling collection service. He concluded by that in the event of the number of participants exceeding 20,000, it may become necessary to purchase a new vehicle, in which case any surplus income from the scheme would be utilised.

 

Cabinet Members acknowledged that this was a difficult but necessary decision in the challenging economic climate, noting that the revised prices still demonstrated excellent value, at under £2.00 per collection,  which private operators would be unlikely to seek  to match.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    A fixed annual charge of £42.00 per bin be introduced for membership of the Garden Waste Collection Service in 2017/2018, with a concessionary charge of £24.00, and

 

2.    A fixed annual charge of £44.00 per bin be introduced from  2018/2019  with a concessionary charge of £26.00.