Tory councillor launches attack on Cheltenham Borough Council's waste collection service
A STINGING attack has been launched against Cheltenham Borough Council's waste and recycling collection service by a Tory councillor.
Councillor Andy Wall (C, Battledown) has hit out at the "barmy" service, which has left home owners with "half a dozen" bins and boxes for different types of rubbish piled up outside their door.
The authority's policy on side waste bags has also drawn the ire of Mr Wall. He believes the council's decision to charge people for special coloured bags so that they can put out additional rubbish to be collected is "yet another way of scamming Cheltenham residents into paying extra for services that most people think is what the council tax is for".
The council refuted his claims.
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Mr Wall said he was cross that the council had many brown garden waste bins in storage because subscription to the service was below what the council had planned for.
He said: "Every year for the last few years there has been another 'new' bin collection or recycling scheme. Every time we are told we've got to follow a new set of rules or else.
"It's the council's way and that's that. It is all stick and no carrot." Mr Wall said he had raised fears over the garden waste collection service in 2008 and he believed his worries were founded.
Scott Williams, strategic client officer at the borough council, defended the number of bins and boxes offered in the service. "When we set the scheme up we did consider the variety of different households we have across the borough and have made provisions for them," he said. He pointed to the communal bins for flats and garden sack service for people with small gardens as examples of how the service was being tailored to meet different needs. Mr Williams also said the new side waste bags were designed for "occasional situations" and the council did "not planning on them being used on a regular basis".