I applaud the council for bringing this scheme in as part of their drive to make people pay for the services they use as per the quote below from their own frequenly asked questions ( [www.southwark.gov.uk
"We have seen over time that not everyone who receives garden waste collections is actually making use of the service. We believe that it is fairer that only those using the service contribute towards the running of it."
Obviously the council will be reducing council tax for those of us who don't retain their brown garden waste bins as that is what this semi-implies !
I look forward to getting a £30 reduction for not usin a bin along with a reduction for not parking in the parks, a reduction if I don't park in the street and if they take it further a reduction for not using the library, for not walking on the pavements, for not going out at night (removing my need to pay for street lighting) and so on
In fact if I live like a hermit, not going out and not using any services then I could end up being paid to live here ...
Or have I read the statement above incorrectly and this is in fact just another Stelth tax because they have already asked for the maximum tax rise without a referendum ?
Surely even Southwark don't think we are that stupid , do they ?
I also thought that this scheme would remove the need for all the bins in my front garden, but no, there is another sting in the tail , if you retain your brown bin you can't use it for food as well, everyone needs to now request another food bin as per this quote "From 1 June we will be asking residents to present their garden waste and food waste for collection in separate designated containers." Taken from their very own FAQs
My word another bin to clutter up drives, gardens and streets. I wonder if it's a different colour and slowly we will get a rainbow bin collection outside every home ?
Come on Southwark, don't pretend it's a cost saving exercise for residents, it's a revenue making exercise that will result in more clutter and fines if you put the wrong things in the wrong bins.
Any idea if it's possible to raise a vote of no confidence in council officers or is this something our seemingly spineless local councillors should be fighting for us as they represent the people and not the council (James over to you)