It’s an Ill Wind
Cheshire East Council has cancelled garden refuse collections between 18 November 2013 and 14 March 2014.
This sudden change has caught many people by surprise and is just one of a number of knee jerk, unbudgeted cuts that are being implemented to try and cover overspends in other areas. The independent auditor recently qualified her report on whether Cheshire East Council was obtaining value for money saying, “more needs to be done to ensure that tough decisions are taken when setting the budget rather than relying on services to deliver savings in the year”.
Cllr Irene Faseyi, Labour Councillor for Crewe Central said, “Cheshire East Council, like all councils, will have to make difficult decisions to meet the budget cuts being imposed by central government. Those difficult decisions should be discussed when the budget is being set and not sprung on people during the year.”
Labour Group Leader Cllr David Newton said, “The last collection for some people could be as early as 5 November. What happens to leaves that fall after the last collection? Leaves are lightweight but bulky, so the claims that weight of garden refuse falls off in November may not tell the whole story. A wheelie bin could be full to the brim with leaves and still not weigh much.
“Perhaps the Conservatives were hoping that the recent storm would have blown leaves off the trees in time for the last wheelie bin collection. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good! But we shouldn’t have to rely on freak storms. We should have planned ahead and agreed when the cut-off should be.”
Labour Group Finance Spokesman Cllr Sam Corcoran said, “The auditors have said that the council should be and be seen to be open and transparent in its decision making. We shouldn’t act on a whim. Rushed decisions usually waste money. We should plan ahead and then implement our plans.”