Anger at green bin charge consultation

Opponents to the green waste collection charges (from left), Brenda Futers, Danny Brookes, Mark Anderson and Maggie Gray.
Opponents to the green waste collection charges (from left), Brenda Futers, Danny Brookes, Mark Anderson and Maggie Gray.

Proposals to introduce charges on green waste collections have received fierce opposition from residents, political parties and parish councils.

East Lindsey District Council’s threatened service charge, dubbed the ‘Green Tax’ by its opponents, is feared to lead to an increase in fly-tipping and poor value for taxpayers.

Hogsthorpe Parish Council, which resolved to oppose the scheme at its latest meetings, believes the village residents already receive ‘very little for their rates’.

“The council also felt it would inevitably lead to a large increase in fly-tipping - already a problem in the vicinity of the village,” added Coun Richard Enderby.

A consultation on the proposals, with options ranging from £15 for 12 collections to £22.50 for the full season, lasts until Tuesday, April 30.

However the Skegness Labour Party has criticised ELDC for ‘trying to keep it quiet’.

A spokesperson for the council, however, has defended the consultation, which they say has been ‘actively promoted’ through the press, social media and its website, generating more than 500 responses so far.

With funding cuts and savings to be made the council says ‘tough decisions’ need to be taken in order to retain the lowest council tax rate in Lincolnshire and the 13th lowest nationally.

Visit the council’s website or leisure and customer service centres to take part in the consultation. The Labour Party has also created its own consultation which is available by emailing skegnesslabour@hotmail.co.uk