Sefton Cabinet expected U-Turn over £46 Green “bin Tax” proposal


Sefton Cabinet expected to U-Turn over £46 Green “Bin Tax” proposal

Sefton Council’s Bootle Labour Cabinet are expected to do a U-Turn at their meeting this morning and scrap their plan to charge £46 a year to collect garden waste.
The controversial “Bin Tax” proposal was attacked on OTS News back in April by Birkdale Lib Dem Councillor Simon Shaw. He was Cabinet Member Environmental (including responsibility for refuse collection) until Labour gained overall control of Sefton Council in May 2012.
Cllr Shaw warned 5 months ago that he felt that the “Bootle Labour-dominated Cabinet are making a big mistake in proposing to charge for green waste.”
In the months since. Liberal Democrats in Southport and Maghull have collected thousands of petitions and survey forms. More than 95% of respondents said that they were opposed to the Labour proposal.

In addition, in July Labour lost two Town Council seats in Maghull to the Lib Dems in one of the biggest swings in the country, with the Labour “Bin Tax” proposal being one of the key issues. One of the victorious candidates, Cllr Bruce Hubbard is pictured above with some of the petitions and survey forms collected in Southport and Maghull over the last 4 months.

“It just goes to show that, even though they have a majority on Sefton Council, Labour cannot completely ride roughshod over public opinion,” said Cllr Shaw,
“The idea of making people pay nearly £2 a time to have their Green Bin emptied was clearly idiotic. I am delighted that it looks as if this proposal is being binned.”



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