Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

No election talk of council bin cuts

THE decision of Banbridge Council to cut back on black bin collections to just once a month has shocked many people.

Most ratepayers see bin collection as the main service they receive for paying their rates and there is, therefore, justifiable anger about the move.

Just three months ago, politicians were round the doors with election literature which supposedly presented their policies to the electorate.

Strangely, none of them mentioned the fact that the council planned to trial such a scheme. Most people hear of it for the first time when they received a letter from the council just last week.

Surely the best way to ascertain the views of the electorate on this issue would have been to have spelled it out clearly during the election? It doesn't take a genius to work out why this course of action was not followed.

While the policy is being piloted in Banbridge district, the public deserve to know if ratepayers there are the guinea pigs for a similar scheme to be rolled out across the whole of the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon super-council.

One would assume that the new council will have a single policy on waste collection, so will ratepayers across the new council see their black bins collected just 12 times a year?

The council cites environmental reasons for its actions, but I can think of few more environmentally unsound ideas than forcing ratepayers to store rotting waste for a month.

SAMUEL MORRISON

Traditional Unionist Voice

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