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U-turn on garden waste charges hike by Gloucester City Council

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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U-turn announced by Councillor Sajid Patel, cabinet member for environment

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A U-TURN has been made on a planned hike in charges for garden waste after criticism for the move.

Garden lovers currently have to fork out £36 per bin each year. A planned increase of around £4 per year was muted last month.

But a recent survey of taxpayers found 15 per cent advocated a reduction in the charge.

Labour councillors also criticised the idea when it was presented by councillor Sajid Patel, cabinet member for the environment.

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He said: “I am pleased that we do not need to increase the proposed garden waste increase. This is as a result of the consultation feedback we have received so far.”

A fall in the popularity of the service was noticed by council bosses when they introduced the charge back in April 2011.

In Cheltenham the service costs £35, while Tewkesbury charge £38.50. It is £30 in the Cotswolds, in the Forest of Dean it is £26 and in Stroud, 60p bags are offered.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 10 2014, 8:50AM

    A totally unnecessary service. Encourage home composting and those that don't have the space, have local skips. Garden waste best retained on land to provide nutrients and also save on carbon emissions from energy used in transport and central composting.

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  • SELINA30  |  February 07 2014, 4:22PM

    Paying for the garden waste service is in effect an increase in the council tax. Councillor Patel has not been seen in Barton and Tredworth for some time. Must be an election coming up.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  February 07 2014, 2:40PM

    My mum doesn't pay for the garden waste service but puts it out anyway and they take it.

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  • bigtony1952  |  February 07 2014, 8:09AM

    I pay for this "service" as does just one of my 18 immediate neighbours. Therfore most people must throw the waste in their domestic grey bin as I cannot believe they all compost it. Just how many Gloucester Council Tax payers pay for this previously "free" service?

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  • sexymamma67  |  February 07 2014, 5:37AM

    Residents have probably got more savvy and black bag their garden waste and place it in the bottom of their domestic bin....

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