Smaller bins and parking fees hike on the cards for Potters Bar?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 November 2016
Residents are being asked whether parking charges should go up, black bins should be smaller and if garden waste collections should no longer be free.
The questions all feature in Hertsmere Council’s consultation on how the authority’s budget should be allocated across services as the council looks to make huge savings.
Residual waste is currently collected in 240-litre black wheelie bins, but the council is suggesting these could be replaced with smaller 180-litre bins to increase recycling and reduce landfill.
This change would save the council about £200,000, or £5 per home.
But some residents have reacted angrily to the survey and are concerned at the impact the cuts would have if they were implemented.
Alison Osborne, of Chace Avenue, Potters Bar, said: “There’s five of us in our house so a smaller black bin would be an absolute nightmare.”
The council is also asking residents what their views are on introducing parking charges for times which are currently free and increasing existing charges.
Other services featuring in the consultation are funding for police community support officers, voluntary and community organisations, a community transport scheme and the frequency of street cleaning.
Councillor John Graham, deputy leader and portfolio holder for finance and property, said: “Through our participatory budgeting exercise, the public have been invited to identify their priorities for what services they would like to see the council deliver and how.”