Agenda item

Wheeled Bin Policy (Agenda Item 10)

Report of the Executive Member for Localism, Communities and Environmental Services.


The Environmental Services Manager presented the report which set out proposals to charge for wheeled bins for new properties from 1 June 2012.  Developers would be informed through the planning process. 


It was expected that £30,000 income per year would be generated from the charges, but that was dependent on the number of new properties to be built and the size of bins required.


Mr Gilbert could not support the proposal.  There had been a lot of concerns raised when the matter had been mentioned at the previous meeting but those concerns had not been addressed.


He then went on to raise the following points:


·   What if a householder refused to buy bins?

·   How could the Council get occupants to pay?

·   The aim was to recover costs from the Developer, but what if they refused?

·   What would happen to existing planning permissions?


He pointed out that the Council was aiming to maintain its frontline services and suggested that most residents would say that having their rubbish removed was a frontline service.  He was concerned that the report said there were no significant risks identified.  He thought that there were many risks, including health and safety risks.  If rotting rubbish was left it would lead to smell, obstruction of the footway, rats and fire hazard.


He proposed that the Commission should not support the proposal.


The Executive Member for Localism, Communities and Environmental Services said that the Council had had to look radically at making savings or generating income.  The proposal complied with legislation and followed in the footsteps of many other Councils.


Mr Joel asked if the bins would belong to the householder and move with them to another property.  He was also concerned about extant permissions.  He was advised that there were two options with regard to existing planning permissions; the Council could either only charge for properties given permission after 1st June 2012, or they could charge the residents.  The residents would be paying for the provision of the bin.  The bin would belong to the property.


Mr Bambridge was surprised at the issues raised.  He did not think the proposal represented much extra cost to a new house. 


The Chairman asked for a breakdown of the costs for providing wheeled bins to new properties and what the total expected income would be.


The Environmental Services Manager explained that the current cost of providing two bins to a property including delivery was £54.  The proposed charge covered the cost of the bin, its delivery and the administration costs of delivering the service.


Mr Richmond asked what would happen if a bin was stolen, and was advised that the charge was only for new properties.  Stolen or damaged bins would still be replaced by the Council free of charge.


Mr C Carter was delighted that the Commission had the opportunity to discuss the proposal but disappointed at the lack of detail in the report.  He thought that the key issue was income.  The cost to the Developers was negligible.


The Chairman noted that it was all about Developers recognising the cost to the community of new development.


The proposal not to support the recommendation was not seconded. An alternative proposal to require a more detailed report with proper costings was made and seconded, but not supported.


RESOLVED to RECOMMEND TO CABINET that Members endorsed the introduction of a policy to charge for the provision of wheeled bins (black and green) for new properties.

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