Mor­gan’s Mus­ings

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - with An­drew Mor­gan

LAST month, the Cabi­net con­sid­ered a re­port aimed at boost­ing re­cy­cling rates, as we look to im­prove on our strong per­for­mances over re­cent years.

The 64% of over­all waste re­cy­cled in the 2016 cal­en­dar year and the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year ce­mented our place among the top 10 re­cy­cling lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Wales.

More im­prove­ments must be made if we are to reach the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s 70% tar­get by 2024/25, with fines set to be is­sued to au­thor­i­ties who miss the tar­get.

The pro­pos­als con­sid­ered by Cabi­net are de­signed to tar­get those who do not re­cy­cle, and the coun­cil will al­ways en­gage with res­i­dents be­fore is­su­ing any form of fi­nan­cial penalty.

We are not look­ing to catch peo­ple out if, for ex­am­ple, a stray can ends up in a black bin.

As part of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to set a legally bal­anced bud­get, the Cabi­net will shortly con­sider bud­get strat­egy op­tions for 2018/19, which will then be con­sid­ered by full coun­cil. This in­cludes a pro­posal to in­crease coun­cil tax by 3.3%, which again looks to be one of the low­est rises in Wales.

This year’s con­sul­ta­tion feed­back has seen res­i­dents in­di­cate that they are will­ing to sup­port a small rise if it will sup­port the de­liv­ery of good qual­ity key ser­vices. Through our strong fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, the pro­posed bud­get would also de­liver a £2m cash up­lift for schools.

Cabi­net re­cently agreed in prin­ci­ple to a £300m strate­gic cap­i­tal in­vest­ment pro­gramme, over and above our nor­mal spend­ing plans, to con­tinue to de­liver huge in­vest­ment in high­ways, schools, hous­ing and town cen­tres over the next five years.

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