Council promises there will be ‘no charges for garden waste’

Councillor David Howarth
Councillor David Howarth

South Ribble Council has promised residents that there will be no additional charges for the collection of garden waste.

As previously reported in the Guardian, the borough’s Liberal Democrat leader, Coun David Howarth, asked the Conservative council if it could commit to preventing additional charges being introduced, following Pendle Council’s decision to implement an annual subscription of £25 per green waste bin.

At the time, the ruling party refused to make any promises, but said they would ‘endeavour’ to avoid charging ‘bin tax’.

Now, though, after Coun Howarth challenged the cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene over new Tory literature which says there are ‘no plans’ to charge residents to dispose of garden waste, Coun Peter Mullineaux said: “As far as this council is concerned, I can categorically say there will be no charges from us.”