Thanks for all your comments and questions. Let me try to respond to them.
Funding of public services
I believe that public services should be provided universally, free at the point of use and funded through progressive taxation. So I have a huge amount of sympathy for anyone who disagrees with the introduction of a collection charge. Unfortunately, I think that this is probably the least-bad option available to us given the dire state of local government funding after a decade of austerity.
It is true that if people stop using the garden waste collection and instead put the waste in the landfill, this will have a negative environmental impact. However, this has to be weighed against potential positives:
- More efficient routes - the council currently visits many properties who do not use the service, with the charge the council will only visit subscribers
- Greater uptake of composting
There will also be a push to increase food waste collection. For instance, there is an ongoing trial into providing these bins for blocks of flats.
I will push for the council to evaluate the environmental impact of the policy and practice.
There is longer term pending waste legislation requiring the council to collect food and garden waste seperately and send them off to different disposal routes. However, initially the food and garden waste collections will be done by the same vehicles.
If you currently use the food waste collection service you will not need to do anything different.
Both food waste and garden waste will be collected weekly. This may be on a different day for some residents but if so you will be informed of this change.
It will still be possible to arrange for garden waste to be collected from the paper sacks provided by the council. The sacks will cost £15 for 20. Collections will be free but have to be arranged. As far as I know anyone with existing paper sacks will continue to be able to use these but I am going to check this for certain. It should be possible to order the new ones from June.
People using neighbour’s bins
I do not know of this being a significant issue elsewhere but if it does happen here then please let me know and I will look into it.
I am not sure when the stickers will arrive but if you have any issue with the bins not being collected after you have paid for them please do let me know and I will chase it up.
Time of operation
In the smaller ‘East Dulwich Grove’ area proposed by me and my fellow councillors (not the ‘Melbourne Grove’ area proposed by the council officers, see previous posts above for distinction) there is a clear majority for an all day CPZ.
Prioritising views of residents regarding their own roads
The consultation asked residents if they want a CPZ on their road. It is true that it could have instead asked if residents want a CPZ in their wider area. I can see the case for the latter: it is undoubtedly true that the impact of a CPZ is felt beyond its boundaries. Nonetheless, I think the method the council adopted is preferable because it allows us to design a bespoke area which suits the maximum number of people.
Impact on Lordship Lane
A significant number of respondents to the consultation raised concerns regarding the impact of a CPZ on Lordship Lane’s businesses. We councillors listened to this and that influenced our decision to recommend the shrink the size of the proposed zone so that the vast majority of streets used by Lordship Lane customers will be unaffected.
East Dulwich station
The number of journeys started or ended at East Dulwich station has quadrupled over the past twenty years. It would have been hard for residents to have predicted this when choosing to live there.
Access to consultation data
The street-by-street data will be made publicly available as part of the final report, on which Cllr Livingstone will make his final decision.
(Ed_pete: I think you misread my sentence yourself actually! Perhaps you read ‘than’ as ‘that’. Thanks anyway though, I have definitely made typos on here in the past! )
I am not sure how much has been spent on pavement slabs in Goose Green. There is a process for working out which pavement slabs should be replaced based on an evaluation of their deterioration and a calculation of how often they are used. I have on a few occasions had people ask me to arrange for some pavement to be replaced. This is the first time I have ever had someone complain that the pavements are too nice or too new!
If anyone has any issues with a particular bit of pavement please let me know by email with a photo and an address.
I hope that this answers your questions.
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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