Flytipping is getting worse following Labour’s new collection charges

by Anood Al-Samerai on 4 October, 2016

Flytipping on local streets is far worse since the Labour council introduced a new £16 charge to collect bulky waste from residents last year.

Liberal Democrats warned the Council that the new policy would lead to more flytipping and we can all see the impact in our neighbourhoods.

Latest figures show that after the Council started charging residents to collect items such as carpets, furniture and electrical goods there has been a 12% increase in flytipping.

Liberal Democrats tried to stop the charge and called for the charges to be dropped or for residents on lower incomes to be exempt. Ruling Labour councillors forced through the change though. The Council aims to raise £175,000 a year from the fee.

The Labour council has also cut the number of clear-up collections by more than half despite the rise in flytipping incidents.

Liberal Democrats will carry on fighting residents’ corner and are calling on Labour to drop the charges. Keeping our streets clean should be the priority, but Labour’s strategy is making them dirtier.

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