MP faces bin col­lec­tion back­lash

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KALMUS BURY

BURY MP Ivan Lewis and lo­calLabour coun­cil­lors are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a back­lash from Jewish vot­ers fol­low­ing the coun­cil’s de­ci­son to re­duce gen­eral rub­bish col­lec­tions to once in three weeks.

The move — passed unan­i­mously by the coun­cil’s cab­i­net last Wed­nes­day — prompted an­gry house­hold­ers to vent their frus­tra­tion on so­cial me­dia.

They were given lit­tle more than a week’s no­tice of the im­pend­ing vote by coun­cil­lors on the cost-sav­ing mea­sure, which Mr Lewis was sym­pa­thetic to in the light of the im­pact of govern­ment cut­backs in coun­cil fund­ing.

Res­i­dents post­ing on a Face­book page with 5,000 sup­port­ers be­lieved the re­duced col­lec­tions would cost Mr Lewis sup­port at the next elec­tion. Martin New­man wrote: “Per­haps some­one can tell me what we are sup­posed to do once our grey bin is full and there is an­other week to go [un­til the next col­lec­tion]. I don’t know how a flawed sys­tem can be im­ple­mented. Sadly this will be a vote loser for Labour.”

Mother-of-three Susie Shonn posted: “I feel very let down by the lo­cal coun­cil and govern­ment.”

Mr Lewis wrote on Labour’s Bury South web­site that he would “hold the coun­cil to ac­count for en­sur­ing the new sys­tem is im­ple­mented in a way which is sen­si­tive to the needs of house­holds and has min­i­mum im­pact on the com­mu­nity”.

PHOTO: JBA

Things are hot­ting up for Frankie Con­si­dine at Edg­ware and District Re­form Syn­a­gogue’s fire walk, which at­tracted 15 par­tic­i­pants and 100 spec­ta­tors. Over £1,500 was raised for the syn­a­gogue’s me­mo­rial gar­den

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