Massive opposition to green bin charges and reduced bin emptying frequencies
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Over 2700 residents have signed the petition objecting to green bin emptying charges and a possible reduction in grey bin emptying frequency (to every 3 or 4 weeks).
The signatures were obtained in a “door to door” campaign conducted mainly on the west of the city.
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The petition can now be signed “on line” (click). Internet access to the petition was suspended during the election campaign.
The proposed changes to bin emptying arrangements were first promoted by Labour Councillors at the beginning of the year.
They authorised a – largely bogus – consultation exercise about options but failed to report the results of the opinion survey.
The bins petition will now be presented to the next ordinary Council meeting which is scheduled to take place on 16th July.
The petition opposing the introduction of a £35 green bin emptying tax – and opposing any move to 3 or 4 weekly emptying frequencies – has gathered hundreds of signatures on the doorstep in west York.
The on-line version will be available on the Council’s web site until 30th March and will then be suspended during the Council election run up.
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However it will be available again from 8th May. Residents can sign it by clicking here
Meanwhile the City of York Council is reminding residents of a number of changes to the waste and recycling service this Spring.
- A reminder that this year’s garden waste collections start from Monday (March 30):
Residents can look up collections or download a 2015 rubbish and recycling calendar at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup
- Residents are asked to ensure their bins are presented by 7am on the day of their collection, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before.
- Ahead of the new collection season, households with more than one green wheeled bin can subscribe to the additional green bin scheme which operates during the usual garden waste season.
- From 1 April, the charge will be £37 per additional green bin that residents would like emptied. To find out more about the additional bin subscription scheme visit www.york.gov.uk/recycling.
- To join the additional bin scheme, and have more than one bin emptied, call 01904 551551 or ‘apply for it’ via the secure website at www.york.gov.uk/DoItOnline
- Changes to the price of disposing of certain items at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) from 1 April:
For items such as bricks/rubble, gas bottles, plasterboard and bonded asbestos, visit the website here for a full list of prices, or ask a member of staff on-site.
FREE compost giveaway 2015 dates announced:
In partnership with Yorwaste, compost is available every Sunday from 19 April to 20 September (except for Bank Holiday weekends) at the Harewood Whin site, which is open from 8am to 1pm.
Anyone wishing to take advantage of the giveaway just need to turn up, and bring a shovel and a suitable bag or container to put the soil improver in.
Home composting is also a great way to manage garden waste at home and provide nutrient rich compost for gardens. Visit www.getcomposting.com for further information.
Residents can also recycle their additional garden waste at Hazel Court and Towthorpe Household Waste Recycling Centres free of charge in a car. Residents using larger vehicles or trailers will need to apply for permits to use the sites.
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LibDem petition launched
In April we’ll hit our target: a £700 income tax cut for millions of people. But we want to go further. Before the end of the parliament, we want to cut income tax bills by another £100.
Will you help us deliver this?
Think of it as a workers’ bonus. The British people have lived with austerity for three years. Your sacrifices are making it possible for us to fix the economy. This is your recovery and you deserve to feel the benefits – without delay.
The Liberal Democrats want to cut your taxes further because you’ve earned it.
When we came into government, our priority was to increase the personal allowance – the point at which you start paying tax on your earnings – to £10,000. We’ve raised it every year and we’ll hit the £10,000 mark in a few months. But, rather than stop there, I’ll be pushing for another fully funded rise, taking it up to £10,500.
That’s an extra £100 back in your pocket and it brings us a step closer to the Liberal Democrats’ goal for the next parliament: increasing the personal allowance to the minimum wage.
The York Council is planning to remove the following roads from its winter gritting schedules.
Acomb Wood Drive,
Chaloners Road (part)
Many are bus routes
Now local residents are collecting a petition aimed at restoring the street to the de –icing schedules.
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They also hope to persuade the Council not to reduce the number of salt bins in the area.
The Council currently plans to remove salt bins from Annan Close, Eden Close, Hillcrest Gardens, Lindale, Nairn Close, Moor Lane, Pulleyn Drive, Royal Chase, St Helens Road, Slingsby Grove, Spey Bank and The Horseshoe
2 years ago the Council moved to prevent local ward committees from establishing and maintaining local salt bin networks.
Residents point to the £70,000 a year being spent on advertising the City at Leeds Bradford airport as one source of funding for what most regard as a basic safety requirement
Residents have until next Monday (16th) to complete a Council on line survey although this does not include a status quo option.
A decision on the gritting routes is likely to be made at a meeting taking place on 9th October at which residents hope to hand in their petition.