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Decision on Green Bins in York to be Made Today


8:46am 2nd April 2013

A decision will be made later about controversial green bin changes in York.

The proposals would see no green bin collections in the winter.

There would also be charges for extra green bins and Towthorpe Tip would close on a Wednesday.

Conservative councillor Paul Doughty gives his reaction to the plans.

Cllr Keith Orrell, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick, said:

“Labour’s decision to close Towthorpe every Wednesday could have a number of consequences, including making the existing traffic problems significantly worse as the number of visitors on other days increases. Throw into the mix the plans to introduce time-consuming identity checking and the reduction in door-to-door garden collections, and the increased dangers are evident. I have witnessed myself how dangerous the situation already can be.

“I am therefore urging Labour to re-think their partial closure plans and, regardless of their final decision, to work with Yorwaste to review the traffic arrangements at Towthorpe, including investigating better signage and traffic flow within the site to ensure it is safe and convenient for residents.”

But Labour cabinet member David Levene says the plans are backed by the public.

Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We are committed to providing the best possible service to residents and businesses, and recognise that to achieve this we needed to listen closely to their views. This consultation enabled us to hear what residents wanted before any decisions on garden waste or Towthorpe opening hours were made. We’ve been open and honest with the public throughout this process, but given the challenging financial situation facing the council a review of all services is essential.”

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