Ryedale District Council U-turn on brown bin charge

Council U-turn on brown bin charge

Council U-turn on brown bin charge

First published in News

RESIDENTS in Ryedale who move house in the area will now be able to transfer their green waste subscriptions to another address.

Following complaints from residents who were told that they would have to pay for a full year’s subscription again if they moved house, Ryedale District Council has agreed that subscriptions can be carried over.

Coleen Guest, of Malton, made a complaint after she was told that she would have to pay another £27 when she moved a couple of streets.

She contacted Councillor Luke Ives for help, who worked to get the decision reversed.

He said: “I regret that Mrs Guest had to pay green waste charges in the first place, so when she informed me she would have to pay again I agreed that it was completely unfair.”

Coun Ives said he was “delighted” to get the decision changed “within a matter of hours”.

Linda Cowling, council leader, said the introduction of green waste charges had been successful, but agreed that it was unfair to ask residents to pay for a second time if they moved house locally.

She said: “When Councillor Ives informed me of Mrs Guest’s complaint I agreed that the existing policy was unfair and I asked that it be reviewed.

“It is standard practice among local authorities to apply green waste subscriptions against the property, not the person, so this change will take us outside of the norm, although it will result in a policy that is fairer and it will benefit our green waste subscribers.”

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8:11pm Wed 13 Aug 14

granny sue says...

This headline is simply misleading and couldn't be further from the truth.
This headline is simply misleading and couldn't be further from the truth. granny sue
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Wed 13 Aug 14

twotonethomas says...

But it's the Gazette, it's the tories shown in good light and it's the start of the election campaign for next May!

So expect plenty more where this came from.
But it's the Gazette, it's the tories shown in good light and it's the start of the election campaign for next May! So expect plenty more where this came from. twotonethomas
  • Score: -1

9:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

twotonethomas says...

Can Cowling change agreed Council Policy just like that?

I thought we lived in a democracy, stupid me.
Can Cowling change agreed Council Policy just like that? I thought we lived in a democracy, stupid me. twotonethomas
  • Score: -1

9:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

twotonethomas says...

Oh and how did this 'story' end up being brought to the Gazette's attention?
Oh and how did this 'story' end up being brought to the Gazette's attention? twotonethomas
  • Score: -1

8:19am Sat 16 Aug 14

browbeaten says...

Ryedale Council introduced the charge to remove garden waste because it was a discretionary service as opposed to a legal responsibility on their part. In doing so they effectively gave themselves a 20 odd percent pay rise.
What they did fail to point out was that recycling garden waste is also discretionary on the part of the long suffering subjects of their thiefdom.
It is not illegal to put garden waste into your non reycling bin.
Their money grubbing actions are hardly the actions of a council that are "on your your side".
Why was the fact not made clear that the word discretionary applies to both parties in regard to the disposal of waste ?
On your side. I don't think so !
Ryedale Council introduced the charge to remove garden waste because it was a discretionary service as opposed to a legal responsibility on their part. In doing so they effectively gave themselves a 20 odd percent pay rise. What they did fail to point out was that recycling garden waste is also discretionary on the part of the long suffering subjects of their thiefdom. It is not illegal to put garden waste into your non reycling bin. Their money grubbing actions are hardly the actions of a council that are "on your your side". Why was the fact not made clear that the word discretionary applies to both parties in regard to the disposal of waste ? On your side. I don't think so ! browbeaten
  • Score: 5

8:39am Mon 25 Aug 14

browbeaten says...

Over a week has now passed since my last post. Nobody from ryedale council has denied the word discretionaty applies to both sides in respect of the disposal of garden waste. Thought at least two tone thomas or granny sue might have had a comment obviously not, happy to see the poor and vunerable shelling out for a service they do dont need to pay for !
Over a week has now passed since my last post. Nobody from ryedale council has denied the word discretionaty applies to both sides in respect of the disposal of garden waste. Thought at least two tone thomas or granny sue might have had a comment obviously not, happy to see the poor and vunerable shelling out for a service they do dont need to pay for ! browbeaten
  • Score: 1

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