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Welwyn Hatfield Council will be launching a consultation tomorrow asking whether residents would be prepared to pay for garden waste collections (brown bins) and if so, how much.
Yet again, our council gives us no option. In an effort to provide a so called survey, it basically tells us they will be charging us. End of. What is the point of surveying us when the conclusion is already decided? Just a way to waste more money and appear to 'consult'. This is another way of taxing people.
As well as responding on individual sites please consider responding to the draft Infrastructure Development Plan (IDP). This is frightening in its inadquacy - over £240million has been estimated to supply the infrastructure needed to support the 12,100 additional dwellings in the area. Sources for this money are not clear and are based on trust!!! Without a viable infrastructure plan the Local Plan itself is not viable.
Latest from WHT - http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/where_is_the_continue_as_is_option_welwyn_hatfield_residents_criticise_bin_consultation_1_4757906
Recycling 'survey' re @WelHatCouncil collections needs rewording. It's more an ultimatum than a consultation https://t.co/QbIwVBWnfc pic.twitter.com/HZjajnbJvo— bpnewsletter (@bpnewsletter) November 1, 2016
Recycling 'survey' re @WelHatCouncil collections needs rewording. It's more an ultimatum than a consultation https://t.co/QbIwVBWnfc pic.twitter.com/HZjajnbJvo
Food waste going in black bins wastes this useful material, and leads to an increase in the amount of "residual waste" which needs to be landfilled or incinerated.
The survey seems to indicate that carrying on as we are isn't an option. Got to Q5 and had to give up because of the lack of options. It seems the choice is no collections or pay for it.
WHBC needs to cease this consultation and ask the question properly, informing residents of what is actually on the table, not with partial information as currently.
Why @WelHatCouncil needs to clarify its recycling survey & better inform the public about its plans for food waste https://t.co/OYBMp2Ezyb pic.twitter.com/zUgQq8EVeW— bpnewsletter (@bpnewsletter) November 4, 2016
Why @WelHatCouncil needs to clarify its recycling survey & better inform the public about its plans for food waste https://t.co/OYBMp2Ezyb pic.twitter.com/zUgQq8EVeW
So any data from this - or any other survey using this methodology - is unreliable.
Perhaps in future our council will move to separately-collected food waste. If this is what is being considered, then please will the council inform the public now. In this case, some residents might accept a small charge for optional collection of garden waste. Three Rivers borough currently collects food waste separately, and charges £35 a year (£30 for those on benefits) for optional collection of garden waste. One disadvantage of charging for garden waste collection is that it could well lead to even more fly-tipping in the borough.
WHBC Garden Waste ConsultationDear Watch Member,Foe the 10 years that OWL has been in operation, it has been mainly used to report issues around crime. OWL is in fact a non-political tool for the community to use, covering other community issues. For example, if a waste bin collection fails to happen, or if a major pothole has been noticed, the Local Coordinator has the ability to let their neighbours users know that it has been reported by an OWL message.Following the recent survey put out by Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council on the garden waste collection (Brown bin) issue, many residents have expressed disatisfaction to local and social media at the survey only providing two options of response; either to charge or cease the service.Attached is an alternative survey that allows the person completing it to have the third option of 'Continue existing service unchanged' and also adds a freeform comments box. This alternative survey, once completed, will go straight to the Council so that they may know the wishes of local people more clearly.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WHGardenAlt
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