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Council asks residents for views on fortnightly bin collections

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STICKING with weekly bin collections would add 2% a year on to the borough’s council tax bills.

That is the message that residents have been hearing when their views are canvassed in a phone poll.

And there are fears that the survey is a Trojan horse to allow the council to introduce fortnightly refuse collections.

But the council has told The Wokingham Paper that no decisions have yet been made regarding the future of the current blue bag scheme.

Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for the environment, Cllr Angus Ross, said that the contract for doorstep refuse collections expires in 2019 and that they had been exploring what happens next.

“We have been very, very careful in preparing question and briefing the company doing the research,” he said. “If someone feels misled, it’s very, very different to our intention.”

Cllr Ross said that the Executive (the borough council’s ruling body) have been using the research to help inform their thinking.

“We are preparing for the new contract by looking at all aspects of it. I’ve been giving my colleagues information [about the issues] and we’re working on coming to a consensus decision.

“Recycling, blue bags, wheelie bins – it all goes into the mix that we have to decide on.”

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