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Update on Cabinet decision for possible garden waste charging

Council rows back on charging for the service

Date issued: 19 August 2020

Proposals for the introduction of possible garden waste charges were scrapped by Colchester Borough Council at tonight's Cabinet meeting, after considering the Task and Finish Group’s recommendations.
Cllr Martin Goss, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “This decision, whether to charge for garden waste collections, was never going to be easy and I have disliked even having to consider it as an option. It was right to look at the possibility, but I’m pleased that it’s now off the table whilst we look at other options.
“Together with my fellow Cabinet members, I would like to reassure residents that we will continue to lobby Government to ensure they make good on their promise to reimburse council’s for extra costs and loss of income due to the pandemic. We will also continue our work to identify the best way to close the budget gap of £2m this year and £3.5m in 2021/22, and in future years.”
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