Row over bins is rumbling on

A ROW over the introduction of controversial wheelie bins in Malvern is rolling on.

Malvern Hills District Council is pressing ahead with plans to give residents green plastic bins for their recycling, which will be emptied every fortnight.

The existing weekly black bag collection for general refuse will be unchanged.

But one member of the controlling Tory party says the change has been pushed through without the authorisation of councillors.

Coun Tony Warburton says councillors only agreed to pursue £1.67 million government funding for waste collection during a vote last year, and they should have been consulted before any changes were implemented.

But council leader David Hughes says the council’s intentions were “explicit”

and that the only talk of it returning for further discussion was if the government funding bid had failed.

Coun Warburton has also rubbished suggestions by MHDC’s head of community services Ivor Pumfrey that the consequence of not switching to wheelie bins for recycling would spell the end of weekly black bag collections for general waste.

He said: “I want to say categorically that no such suggestion has ever been made nor has the possibility ever been discussed by councillors.

If expenditure needed to be cut it would be they who would decide what and where, not employees.

“If this council had to make significant expenditure reductions, there would be a host of cuts made before waste collection was in any way restricted.”

However, Mr Pumfrey told your Malvern Gazette that failing to introduce wheelie bins would “inevitably” have meant a switch to fortnightly general refuse collections as well as potentially causing cuts to other services.

He added that public consultation had shown the weekly black bag collection was the thing that residents valued most highly.

Coun Warburton is hoping to raise the issue of wheelie bins at the next full council meeting on Tuesday, February 19.

He will be submitting a motion calling for the full terms of the government grant to be publicised and asking that councillors are provided with a detailed, costed plan of the wheelie bin scheme.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Residents have this week received letters explaining what their recycling arrangements will be once the new system begins in May.

The vast majority are being told that they will receive a wheelie bin – either full or compact size – while a small percentage in hard-to-reach areas will continue to have recycling collected every week in cherry-coloured sacks.

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2:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

sarah and her chickens says...

Well so far this week people who already have wheelie compost bins have been told they can't have wheelie recycling bins. People living on the flat with space for a bin are not getting bins but those living on steep slopes with steep drives are getting bins. Yep that £1.6 million is being spent well. Can't wait to see what happens when the funding shortfall kicks in in 3years time.
Well so far this week people who already have wheelie compost bins have been told they can't have wheelie recycling bins. People living on the flat with space for a bin are not getting bins but those living on steep slopes with steep drives are getting bins. Yep that £1.6 million is being spent well. Can't wait to see what happens when the funding shortfall kicks in in 3years time. sarah and her chickens
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11:21am Wed 13 Feb 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Whether or not the Council has or has not sanctioned the wheelie bin service one thing appears to have upset the apple cart. Coun Tony Warburton, who is a member of the controlling group, says that full council had not approved the use of wheelie bins. However, council leader David Hughes says the council’s intentions were “explicit”. I would suggest both Councillors examine minutes of this particular meeting. Publishing their findings in the public arena. Which I would expect to be covered by the “Freedom of Information Act”.
Let us not fall into the trap of placing the blame on the Committee section of the Council, who are responsible for writing the minutes of committee, and full council. Unless the minutes are verbatim, then we may have some ambiguity in interpretation.
One thing is for certain, that comments from a person who obviously has their finger on the pulse, seems to have the opinion that Malvern Hills District Council is run by Officer, and not its elected members. Which after reading the quote by Mr Pumfrey, who when it says Mr. preceding the name signifies that he is an employee, which makes one believe comments made by “Sarah and her Chickens” are more truthful than that of the Councillors mentioned in this article. It is not uncommon for a ward councillor to be allowed to speak against his group if they are councillor for the particular area under discussion.
Whether or not the Council has or has not sanctioned the wheelie bin service one thing appears to have upset the apple cart. Coun Tony Warburton, who is a member of the controlling group, says that full council had not approved the use of wheelie bins. However, council leader David Hughes says the council’s intentions were “explicit”. I would suggest both Councillors examine minutes of this particular meeting. Publishing their findings in the public arena. Which I would expect to be covered by the “Freedom of Information Act”. Let us not fall into the trap of placing the blame on the Committee section of the Council, who are responsible for writing the minutes of committee, and full council. Unless the minutes are verbatim, then we may have some ambiguity in interpretation. One thing is for certain, that comments from a person who obviously has their finger on the pulse, seems to have the opinion that Malvern Hills District Council is run by Officer, and not its elected members. Which after reading the quote by Mr Pumfrey, who when it says Mr. preceding the name signifies that he is an employee, which makes one believe comments made by “Sarah and her Chickens” are more truthful than that of the Councillors mentioned in this article. It is not uncommon for a ward councillor to be allowed to speak against his group if they are councillor for the particular area under discussion. Allan Whitehead
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5:28pm Wed 13 Feb 13

logicalN says...

In addition to the documentaion being requested , the public should be given sight of the EU Directive being blamed for the change
Does it actually say what Mr Pumfrey claims it does , or is it being paraphrased to suit a desired solution?
In addition to the documentaion being requested , the public should be given sight of the EU Directive being blamed for the change Does it actually say what Mr Pumfrey claims it does , or is it being paraphrased to suit a desired solution? logicalN
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8:55pm Wed 13 Feb 13

sarah and her chickens says...

If th epublic caught isght of the bid sent to Pickles they would ,as I am, be curious to know why so much text has been blacked out ?
How can the Councillors really be expected to know what they voted for when sections of text surrounding the future of the bin service have been hidden.
Would they still have voted yes had they know of the future costs or the privatisation of the bin service ?
If th epublic caught isght of the bid sent to Pickles they would ,as I am, be curious to know why so much text has been blacked out ? How can the Councillors really be expected to know what they voted for when sections of text surrounding the future of the bin service have been hidden. Would they still have voted yes had they know of the future costs or the privatisation of the bin service ? sarah and her chickens
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9:13am Thu 14 Feb 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Today is a very special day for me it is Valentine’s Day. I receive one can, and sent one card; however, we always receive two at our address. This in time will no doubt be recycled along with their envelopes. We are great supporters of recycling and we attempt to do it to the best of our ability.
The area I reside in is challenged geographically. We have hilly areas, flat areas along with terraced areas. In fact I would say we have a great mixture of properties some less appropriate for the use of wheelie bins than others. We have been using wheelie bins (all 4) for about 15 years in total.
I was originally opposed to wheelie bins however, after some teething troubles I would not wish to change back to either the old metal ashbin, or black bag era.
However, the Metropolitan Council that I am served by consulted the people prior to introduction several public meetings were held across the whole borough with ward councillors arguing on behalf of their constituents, to ensure those who resided in areas they considered was in appropriate for wheelie bins had been resolved..
Yet the Malvern District Council, seem to be introducing the wheelie bin scheme unilaterally across all their constituencies with any real meaningful discussion. The following link should highlight how our services were introduced.
http://www.mancheste
reveningnews.co.uk/n
ews/local-news/bin-c
haos-fear-as-scheme-
is-launched-996460
Today is a very special day for me it is Valentine’s Day. I receive one can, and sent one card; however, we always receive two at our address. This in time will no doubt be recycled along with their envelopes. We are great supporters of recycling and we attempt to do it to the best of our ability. The area I reside in is challenged geographically. We have hilly areas, flat areas along with terraced areas. In fact I would say we have a great mixture of properties some less appropriate for the use of wheelie bins than others. We have been using wheelie bins (all 4) for about 15 years in total. I was originally opposed to wheelie bins however, after some teething troubles I would not wish to change back to either the old metal ashbin, or black bag era. However, the Metropolitan Council that I am served by consulted the people prior to introduction several public meetings were held across the whole borough with ward councillors arguing on behalf of their constituents, to ensure those who resided in areas they considered was in appropriate for wheelie bins had been resolved.. Yet the Malvern District Council, seem to be introducing the wheelie bin scheme unilaterally across all their constituencies with any real meaningful discussion. The following link should highlight how our services were introduced. http://www.mancheste reveningnews.co.uk/n ews/local-news/bin-c haos-fear-as-scheme- is-launched-996460 Allan Whitehead
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