Musical chairs

Musical chairs

Musical chairs

First published in Letters by

LABOUR’S game of musical chairs after the Lendal Bridge debacle has seen Coun Dave Merrett take responsibility for waste collection and household recycling.

Since 2011 Labour has had five Cabinet members in this area, but while the personnel have changed the poor decisions have kept coming.

From closing Beckfield Lane, to cutting litter bins, to charging for green bins – it has been mistake after mistake. These policies have contributed to a fall in recycling and a rise in annual landfill tax to nearly £4 million.

Under the previous Liberal Democrat administration achievements in this area were significant with recycling rates increased from 12 per cent to 45 per cent.

This was indicative of our commitment to the environment – a commitment which also saw schemes implemented to cut council carbon emissions by 25 per cent (it achieved 28 per cent) and install solar panels on council homes.

Since 2011 Labour has thrown away this legacy and last year they rejected our calls for a cross-party commitment to make York the greenest city in the north.

I fear that Coun Merrett, fresh from his botched Lendal Bridge trial, will do little to halt this decline when it comes to waste and recycling policy.

Coun Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for environmental services, Grassholme, Woodthorpe, York.

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10:00am Sat 3 May 14

Thislittleold market town says...

Seems to me your all the same lib/lab/con. Fail at your job well never mind jump on the political merrygoround be crap at your new job well just jump back on
Seems to me your all the same lib/lab/con. Fail at your job well never mind jump on the political merrygoround be crap at your new job well just jump back on Thislittleold market town
  • Score: -65

1:28pm Sat 3 May 14

marvell says...

Merrett should have been sacked from the Cabinet for the Lendel Bridge debacle.

Sadly, Labour are morally corrupt enough to rig it to ensure he continues being paid an extra £14,700 by being in the Cabinet.
Merrett should have been sacked from the Cabinet for the Lendel Bridge debacle. Sadly, Labour are morally corrupt enough to rig it to ensure he continues being paid an extra £14,700 by being in the Cabinet. marvell
  • Score: -22

2:36am Sun 4 May 14

bravo whisky says...

It looks like the computer hacker is back in action on behalf of the labour party once again.
It looks like the computer hacker is back in action on behalf of the labour party once again. bravo whisky
  • Score: -123

2:39pm Sun 4 May 14

inthesticks says...

I don`t think you have a twitter account Ann, maybe a good thing because you would be blocked from the @cityofyork account for saying negative things about the cabinet. That`s how it works for us minions anyway.
I don`t think you have a twitter account Ann, maybe a good thing because you would be blocked from the @cityofyork account for saying negative things about the cabinet. That`s how it works for us minions anyway. inthesticks
  • Score: 7

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