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.
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.