Plan to cut Torfaen bin collections to once a month slammed online

Refuse plan slammed online

Refuse plan slammed online

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COMMUNITY members have gone online to vent their frustration at plans to cut rubbish collections to just once a month.

The comments came after Torfaen council unveiled the drastic proposals in a bid to boost recycling and avoid non compliance government fines of up to £600,000 in 2015/16.

The Labour council has been consulting on the plans through a roadshow, and public engagement events on their website and Facebook.

Under the proposals, current fortnightly collections could either be maintained, restricted to just two refuse bags per household or cut to once a month.

Carol Knight said on Facebook: “Sorry this isn't a consultation. Dress it up as much as you like."

Liza Beth said: It is a rushed process that will cause a lot of problems. Maybe the council should have lobbied the Welsh Assembly and asked for more time to implement the changes before the fines started.”

Anita Barnard also said: “So many consultations have been held to placate the residents of Torfaen and the outcome has always been what Torfaen County Borough Council want.”

Labour Cllr David Daniels for Llantarnam ward acknowledged people’s reactions had not been entirely positive.

“It’s mostly frustration with the proposals," he said.

“There’s acceptance you need to change. It’s not an easy message we need to get across but one we have to.”

The criticisms came to light after Pontypool Community Council chairwoman Gaynor James warned in May plans to cut the collections to once a month could increase fly-tipping.

Her colleagues echoed her views during a community council meeting in Pontypool on Wednesday [June 25].

The community council warned households may “rebel” if the drastic cuts are implemented, which could in turn lead to rubbish being discarded in the streets.

The members added that details of the consultation included in an issue of the council publication called Torfaen Talks could have been featured more prominently than they did.

They also expressed concerns about plans to cut collections for large households comprising five members or more.

Torfaen currently recycles 52 per cent of its waste and all Welsh councils must reach recycling rates of 70 per cent by 2025.

Torfaen council said that comments would be taken into consideration as part of the consultation process, which closes at the end of the month.

This will then be presented to scrutiny at the end of July and taken to full council later in the year, and it will be councillors who decide which option to take forward.

To take part in the online consultation log on to torfaen.gov.uk

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5:40pm Thu 3 Jul 14

paddyparry says...

You're too late. The consultation has already closed. This is definitely not a consultation in the true sense of the word. The council gave 3 totally unsuitable options and already know what result they want. They have not listened to anyone's views at all.
You're too late. The consultation has already closed. This is definitely not a consultation in the true sense of the word. The council gave 3 totally unsuitable options and already know what result they want. They have not listened to anyone's views at all. paddyparry
  • Score: 8

6:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....with a General Election next year....there's a way everyone can voice their opinion on this European piece of legislation.....vote for a change in the current incumbents.....
.....with a General Election next year....there's a way everyone can voice their opinion on this European piece of legislation.....vote for a change in the current incumbents..... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 12

7:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

tap says...

paddyparry wrote:
You're too late. The consultation has already closed. This is definitely not a consultation in the true sense of the word. The council gave 3 totally unsuitable options and already know what result they want. They have not listened to anyone's views at all.
Tell me when Torfaen has ever listened. Hopefully the residents of Torfaen will act and let the council know their true feelings. I suspect though that apathy will rule in Torfaen once again and we will be faced with this ridiculous idea of monthly collections. An already appalling service is about to become even worse.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: You're too late. The consultation has already closed. This is definitely not a consultation in the true sense of the word. The council gave 3 totally unsuitable options and already know what result they want. They have not listened to anyone's views at all.[/p][/quote]Tell me when Torfaen has ever listened. Hopefully the residents of Torfaen will act and let the council know their true feelings. I suspect though that apathy will rule in Torfaen once again and we will be faced with this ridiculous idea of monthly collections. An already appalling service is about to become even worse. tap
  • Score: 11

8:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Sometimes says...

Torfaen have used the shabbiest 3 card trick to get what they want, they have constantly shown themselves to be out of touch with what the residents want by not including a "none of the above" option. They have no idea how to make changes other that cut services and increase taxes. Introducing any of these options will not make those who currently do not recycle change their ways, yet again they have shown themselves completely devoid of smart ideas and for this we pay Alison Ward a six figure salary. I know how Torfaen could make savings straight way and hopefully when the WAG reduce the number of councils, we'll no longer have to put up with their backward thinking.
As for those who think they can't change the council, turn up to vote for anyone that is not currently a councillor, that is the only way you will make Bob and his followers change their ways.
Torfaen have used the shabbiest 3 card trick to get what they want, they have constantly shown themselves to be out of touch with what the residents want by not including a "none of the above" option. They have no idea how to make changes other that cut services and increase taxes. Introducing any of these options will not make those who currently do not recycle change their ways, yet again they have shown themselves completely devoid of smart ideas and for this we pay Alison Ward a six figure salary. I know how Torfaen could make savings straight way and hopefully when the WAG reduce the number of councils, we'll no longer have to put up with their backward thinking. As for those who think they can't change the council, turn up to vote for anyone that is not currently a councillor, that is the only way you will make Bob and his followers change their ways. Sometimes
  • Score: 10

8:58pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Mr Holder says...

E.U regulations will be implemented despite the rejection by local residents. Democratic indeed.
E.U regulations will be implemented despite the rejection by local residents. Democratic indeed. Mr Holder
  • Score: 6

6:31am Fri 4 Jul 14

indy2012 says...

None of the options given by TCBC were acceptable to me on TCBC website "My Say" I then went on and answered the remaining questions and left a comment on the comments section, pressed submit and low and behold it would not accept my submission because I had not ticked one of the options given by TCBC, this is not concelltation Cunningham, this is like it or lump it. S.W.A. How about you setting up an online petition against these stupid measures, they are getting out of hand. A vote of no confidence against Cunningham and his cronies needs to be tabled at the next full council meeting, this lot are a total shambles, running roughshod over Torfaen residence.
Eric Pickles said in a national newspaper that if the Tories win the next election that they will force councils to empty refuge bins once a week, could be a vote winner.
None of the options given by TCBC were acceptable to me on TCBC website "My Say" I then went on and answered the remaining questions and left a comment on the comments section, pressed submit and low and behold it would not accept my submission because I had not ticked one of the options given by TCBC, this is not concelltation Cunningham, this is like it or lump it. S.W.A. How about you setting up an online petition against these stupid measures, they are getting out of hand. A vote of no confidence against Cunningham and his cronies needs to be tabled at the next full council meeting, this lot are a total shambles, running roughshod over Torfaen residence. Eric Pickles said in a national newspaper that if the Tories win the next election that they will force councils to empty refuge bins once a week, could be a vote winner. indy2012
  • Score: 4

2:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

Mr Holder wrote:
E.U regulations will be implemented despite the rejection by local residents. Democratic indeed.
vote ukip in 2015 .that will be the end of the E/U .
[quote][p][bold]Mr Holder[/bold] wrote: E.U regulations will be implemented despite the rejection by local residents. Democratic indeed.[/p][/quote]vote ukip in 2015 .that will be the end of the E/U . jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

2:32pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

fly tipping is a major problem as it is around torfaen ,Watch it get even worse now
fly tipping is a major problem as it is around torfaen ,Watch it get even worse now jimmysmith
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Fri 4 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

To make a comparison, this 'consultation' is the equivalent of asking someone which arm they want cut off, with no option available for neither.

I am still a firm believer in the 3 bin system: Compost, recyclable, and non-recyclable with all recyclable rubbish being sorted in a central location. This maximises the opportunity to recycle, whilst causing a minimum of disruption and clutter in front of houses
To make a comparison, this 'consultation' is the equivalent of asking someone which arm they want cut off, with no option available for neither. I am still a firm believer in the 3 bin system: Compost, recyclable, and non-recyclable with all recyclable rubbish being sorted in a central location. This maximises the opportunity to recycle, whilst causing a minimum of disruption and clutter in front of houses -trigg-
  • Score: 0

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