A cast iron pledge to keep the current weekly bin collection. A Labour Council will crack down hard on fly-tippers and invest more in street cleaning and our parks and open spaces. We will back the decent majority and have no tolerance for the irresponsible few.

We’ll make sure we cut back-office costs and protect the frontline bin collection, no ifs, no buts. We will keep an alternating collection of a recycling collection one week and a black bin collection the week after.

We can’t go back to the days of the Conservatives messing us around with lots of different recycling bags that blow rubbish around our street.

We cherish our countryside but our streets are not as clean as they once were. A Labour Council will invest in our street cleaning, making sure we can all be proud to call this Borough our home.

That means being tough on “fly tippers”; it means increasing street cleaning services; it means making sure we have enough bins and it means fining those who litter and those who let their dog mess in public without picking it up.

Your next Labour and Co-operative Council will;

  • Guarantee a weekly bin collection as we have now, with the black bin collected one week and the recycling the week after.
  • Set up a ‘Fly tipping Hit Squad’ which will have the power to impose tough fines on those who fly tip, drop litter and waste.
  • Reform the Council’s street cleaning service, helping reach more parts of the Borough than ever before.
  • Urgently review the Council’s grass cutting and maintenance service because at the moment, it’s not up to standard. Grass is left all over the place, weeds grow out of the side of our roads and green areas have been neglected.
  • Develop a local app and change the Council’s website so that residents can quickly report rubbish on their streets, bins not collected or other issues which need to be dealt with urgently.
  • Increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in the Borough and seek to make them mandatory on all new-build properties.
  • Commit the Council to purchasing electric vehicles, where cost and practical considerations make it good value for money.
  • Reduce by 50% the amount of plastic waste and waste paper generated by Council premises, and adopt procurement policies towards products which are recyclable
  • Bring all our parks and open spaces upto standard by 2023, investing in our green spaces and corridors, including exploring turning one or more into a Green Flag Park.
  • We’ll work with partners such as the County Council, Parish Councils and the Canal and River Trust to improve signage to playgrounds, parks, leisure centers, footpaths and canals.
  • We’ll expand the cycling network within the Borough, ensuring that we can support off road cycling for everyone.
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