Anger at Welwyn Hatfield Council’s proposal to charge for garden waste collection

PUBLISHED: 09:34 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:02 01 November 2016

Bins waiting to have rubbish collected

Bins waiting to have rubbish collected

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Welwyn Hatfield residents have reacted angrily to the borough council’s proposal to start charging for brown bins to be emptied.

Many have taken to social media to air their views on the proposal.

The council has highlighted that nearly half of councils across the UK have introduced a subscription service.

Three Rivers in Hertfordshire now charges for garden waste collections, with Broxbourne set to follow in April next year.

Welwyn Hatfield residents are being asked to consider three options: £35, £50 and £70.

Councillor Helen Bromley, executive member for environment, said: “Along with other Hertfordshire authorities, we continue to face significant financial pressures, as our government grant is reduced, and we need to find new ways of bridging the funding gap.

“It’s important we engage with local people, so we can better understand how they’re currently using the brown bin collection service.

“Before we make any decisions, we would like to know whether people would choose to continue having their garden waste collected by the council, for a small annual fee.”

The consultation is open for four weeks, closing on Monday, November 28.

Residents can respond to the survey online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WHGardenWaste or call 01707 357000 to be sent a copy of the survey in the post.

A report, including the results of the consultation and future recommendations, will be reviewed by the council’s Cabinet in January.

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