Fears grow about loss of weekly collections

Malvern Gazette: Fears grow about loss of weekly collections Fears grow about loss of weekly collections

CONTROVERSIAL proposals for the future of rubbish collection in the Malvern Hills district, which could include sharing services with another council, moved a step closer this week.

But sceptics fear this could mean the loss of the weekly collection of rubbish.

Malvern Hills District Council has to make cuts of up to £1.8 million a year by 2015/16, because of reductions in grants from central government.

And the council has been working for months on a strategic reviews of all its activities to find where savings can be made.

At Tuesday's full council meeting, chief executive Chris Bocock presented his response to the strategic review, which seeks joint provision of rubbish collection and street cleaning with Wychavon and/or other local councils.

It was approved by councillors but with an amendment by Lib Dem leader Councillor Tom Wells to create a cross-party working group of councillors to oversee its implementation.

Coun Anthony Warburton, a long-time critic of the council’s rubbish-collection policies, welcomed the amendment.

He said: “This will enable the elected member to keep a close look at one of the council’s most important functions.

“The officers have talked before about merging our rubbish collection services with another council and we’re seeing that hobby-horse being ridden again.”

He said he feared the joint provision would lead to the council losing the ability to control its own collections.

“I fear, as do other councillors, that merger will mean we’ll lose control of rubbish collection and find ourselves losing our weekly collection,” he said.

“Ours is one of the smallest councils, with a small population scattered over a large area.

“It’s expensive to collect rubbish across such a wide area, and I fear that if we join up with another council, they will call the shots.

“We’ll have got rid of our depot and our lorries, and we won’t be able to do anything.”

Mr Bocock said: “We have to make cuts because of the reduction in support from central government.

Elected members will be involved every step of the way.”

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11:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

THE FACTS says...

Chris Bocock is paid £145,000 p.a.
Chris Bocock is paid £145,000 p.a. THE FACTS

8:08am Sat 14 Dec 13

Bufton Tufton says...

But the Council have received a grant to allow weekly collections to continue so its OK, we have their word !

Just removed from MHDC webpages............
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"Council wins £1.67 million government grant to protect its weekly waste collections".

Malvern Hills District Council has beaten off stiff competition to win government funding that will secure the future of its highly valued weekly black sack waste collections.

The council has been awarded the full £1.67 million it had bid for from the Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme. This will enable the council to secure weekly black sack collections and provide improved recycling collection arrangements that will meet new requirements to collect glass for recycling.Let's Waste Less Logo

Councillor Bronwen Behan, MHDC Portfolio Holder for Environmental Control, said: “This is a great win for everyone in Malvern Hills. We faced tough competition from other councils across the country and we are thrilled at securing this amount of funding – it is excellent news for everyone living and working in the Malvern Hills district.

“The funding will enable the council to continue to provide weekly black sack collections that our customers have told us are so important to them. It will also enable us to make substantial improvements to recycling collections needed to meet new legal requirements for collection of glass for recycling.

“Without this grant funding the council would not have been able to afford to continue its highly valued weekly black sack collections because of the huge cost of changes to recycling collections needed to make separate collection of glass for recycling from 2015.

“We will be in contact with every household in the district over the next few weeks to explain how and when the new service arrangements for recycling will be introduced. We are fully committed to working with every household to ensure that our new arrangements work for them as effectively as possible because we know how committed they are to recycling.”

The £1.67 million grant will pay for additional vehicles, wheeled bins for storage and collection of mixed dry recyclables, investment in improved customer services for waste collections and cover of additional running costs for the next three years.

It is a condition of the grant scheme that weekly collections of waste are maintained for a minimum of five years although Malvern Hills District Council aims to continue weekly collections for as long as possible after this.

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But the Council have received a grant to allow weekly collections to continue so its OK, we have their word ! Just removed from MHDC webpages............ ................... "Council wins £1.67 million government grant to protect its weekly waste collections". Malvern Hills District Council has beaten off stiff competition to win government funding that will secure the future of its highly valued weekly black sack waste collections. The council has been awarded the full £1.67 million it had bid for from the Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme. This will enable the council to secure weekly black sack collections and provide improved recycling collection arrangements that will meet new requirements to collect glass for recycling.Let's Waste Less Logo Councillor Bronwen Behan, MHDC Portfolio Holder for Environmental Control, said: “This is a great win for everyone in Malvern Hills. We faced tough competition from other councils across the country and we are thrilled at securing this amount of funding – it is excellent news for everyone living and working in the Malvern Hills district. “The funding will enable the council to continue to provide weekly black sack collections that our customers have told us are so important to them. It will also enable us to make substantial improvements to recycling collections needed to meet new legal requirements for collection of glass for recycling. “Without this grant funding the council would not have been able to afford to continue its highly valued weekly black sack collections because of the huge cost of changes to recycling collections needed to make separate collection of glass for recycling from 2015. “We will be in contact with every household in the district over the next few weeks to explain how and when the new service arrangements for recycling will be introduced. We are fully committed to working with every household to ensure that our new arrangements work for them as effectively as possible because we know how committed they are to recycling.” The £1.67 million grant will pay for additional vehicles, wheeled bins for storage and collection of mixed dry recyclables, investment in improved customer services for waste collections and cover of additional running costs for the next three years. It is a condition of the grant scheme that weekly collections of waste are maintained for a minimum of five years although Malvern Hills District Council aims to continue weekly collections for as long as possible after this. Was this page useful? 4 Star Rating 3 Star Rating 2 Star Rating 1 Star Rating Page Information This page was last reviewed 27 November 2012 at 11:45 by Jeanette Covington. The page is next due for review 26 May 2013. A - Z of Services: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Map of Worcestershire The county of Worcestershire includes the districts of: Bromsgrove Malvern Hills Redditch Worcester Wychavon Wyre Forest Useful Links District Councillors Fire and Rescue West Mercia Police Worcestershire County Council Language Select Language Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Croatian Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician German Greek Haitian Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swahili Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish Google Translate Worcestershire Hub Gov.uk Get Safe Online Malvern Hills District Council, Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF - Directions to Council Offices. Copyright Councillor Access Disclaimer Fair Processing Notice Get in Touch Privacy Notice Back to Top Bufton Tufton

8:42am Sat 14 Dec 13

Bufton Tufton says...

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"About our weekly refuse collection service

At the end of 2012 the Council successfully beat off stiff competition with its bid for funding of £1.67 million from Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme. This funding will enable to the council to continue to provide its highly valued weekly black sack refuse collection service for at least the next five years. The funding, spread over three financial years, will cover the cost of implementing changes to recycling collections which need to be in place by 2015. "
http://www.malvernhi lls.gov.uk/cms/refus e-and-recycling/refu se.aspx "About our weekly refuse collection service At the end of 2012 the Council successfully beat off stiff competition with its bid for funding of £1.67 million from Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme. This funding will enable to the council to continue to provide its highly valued weekly black sack refuse collection service for at least the next five years. The funding, spread over three financial years, will cover the cost of implementing changes to recycling collections which need to be in place by 2015. " Bufton Tufton

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