At last tonight’s council meeting Jill was the only Upton councillor who spoke up for her residents and here she shares her contribution to the debate:
Chairman, members this waste management strategy could have been so much more adventurous and relevant had this administration only listened to residents and embraced suggestions made by members of the working group. Community composting, community skip days, community recycling, opportunities to recycle pet food sachets and crisp packets are just a few examples of missed opportunities that show the lack of ambition of this Council. Instead of innovation we are faced with a clunky unpopular system that does nothing to incentivise our communities and nothing major to support the environment, all because Labour are not listening.
On Heath Road and many other streets in Upton the Council is responsible for the wonderful trees and grass verges. Traditionally Upton residents have been happy to collect the leaves that blow into their own properties and gather on the verges and put them in their green waste bins. But my residents are now asking why they should be expected to pay £40 to dispose of Council property indeed will they be refunded the green waste tax or should they charge the Council for collection?
Upton is a mixed community with many residents renting from housing associations. These residents often have restricted incomes but have with gardens of all sizes which under their rental terms they must keep tidy so no opportunity to restrict the use of their green waste bins. Has this Labour council listened to my residents to whom £40 is unaffordable?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
This Labour administration is not listening to Upton residents. It didn’t consult on bus lanes on A5116, it isn’t listening to the community over the A41 cycle lane so it comes as no surprise that this headline grabbing attention seeking administration isn’t listening to Upton residents who are rejecting this strategy and in particular the green waste tax. Members a leopard doesn’t change its spots - a Council administration which thinks it always knows best is unlikely to change its mind so let’s vote for our communities and reject this ill conceived strategy and support your residents.
Unfortunately the Waste Strategy was passed 36 - 33. Labour showed they don't listen to residents!