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Delays over green bin consultation
CONTROVERSIAL changes that could mean York residents paying to have their green waste collected will not be put to the public until the New Year.
The Press revealed in July that City of York Council was considering a “subscription based service” as part of wider bin changes to try to save money.
The council said then that consultation would happen later this year, but that has now been delayed.
Sally Burns, the council’s s director for communities and neighbourhoods, said the consultation would be a wide one, addressing frontline and environmental services and the “public realms”, under the banner of Smarter York and taking account of the need to save money.
She said it would be a comprehensive and wide-ranging consultation, including through media, and said: “The team is currently exploring some exciting and innovative new options to deliver the savings required and we are evaluating these before we go to consultation, to ensure we are offering the right solutions for our residents.”
Coun Reid said: “There appears to be increasing confusion over the plans”.
She said Labour had not considered how unpopular the move would be and said: “It appears that officers need extra time to find solutions to get Labour out of this financial and public relations hole.”
She said recycling and landfill targets were already being missed after the closure of the Beckfield Lane tip and said ending free green bin collections would “compound the problem”.