Coun­cil says that green bin ser­vice will stop for three months

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

AF­TER res­i­dents had their say on the post­pone­ment of the coun­cil’s gar­den waste col­lec­tions, the dates the ser­vice will be sus­pended have now been an­nounced.

The emp­ty­ing of green bins – which are used for leaves, grass, bark, flow­ers, plants and small branches and weeds – will tem­po­rar­ily stop from De­cem­ber 5 un­til Fe­bru­ary 16 next year.

Last year the coun­cil post­poned its green bin col­lec­tions for more than four months in an ef­fort to save money dur­ing the win­ter months.

The move sparked anger and con­cern from res­i­dents, and the coun­cil was forced to apol­o­gise af­ter the Om­buds­man was called in and ruled that it should have con­sulted res­i­dents be­fore the change.

So a few weeks ago Cheshire East launched a con­sul­ta­tion into this year’s col­lec­tions, urg­ing res­i­dents to have their say on the best time to start the sea­sonal shut-down.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “With re­gard to this year’s win­ter sus­pen­sion, fol­low­ing a public con­sul­ta­tion, we have put back the sus­pen­sion of the ser­vice to the De­cem­ber 5, 2014, and re­duced the length of the sus­pen­sion so our ser­vice will restart on the Fe­bru­ary 16, 2015.

“Which­ever week the col­lec­tion falls, there will be no more than 12 weeks between the last col­lec­tion in 2014, and the first col­lec­tion in 2015.

“Each res­i­dent will re­ceive a bin sticker which gives the dates for the start and fin­ish of the sus­pen­sion col­lec­tion of that par- tic­u­lar res­i­den­tial area. This in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on the web­site for each post­code.

“It should be noted, how­ever, in the event of ex­treme weather con­di­tions we may also be un­able to un­der­take the sched­uled col­lec­tion.”

On the Mac­cles­field Ex­press Face­book page, read­ers shared their views on the coun­cil’s an­nounce­ment.

Antony Allen said: “It’s the right de­ci­sion and ba­sic economic sense. If 80 to 90 per cent of green bins are not used in this pe­riod then why do the route?”

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