Annual garden waste charged will be introduced in Boston

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Residents are set to be stung with a £30 charge for their garden waste collection after councillors unanimously approved the charge.

The yearly fee for the scheme, which had previously operated at no extra cost, was agreed at a meeting of the full council at Boston Borough Council on Monday night.

There is no-one more sorry than me that we are in this position, but we are, and we have to be realistic about it and take the correct action – and I believe we are.

Coun Michael Brookes

Anyone new to the collection will also have to pay an initial charge of £25 for purchase of the bin - and those wanting an extra one will have to pay an additional £25.

The annual charge for emptying all additional bins will be £15 per bin.

The authority will also provide two extra collections at the beginning and end of the normal season.

Coun Michael Brookes, who lead discussions, repeated that the garden waste collection was discretionary and that the council did not want to charge, but had been forced to by austerity measures.

He said: “There is no-one more sorry than me that we are in this position, but we are, and we have to be realistic about it and take the correct action – and I believe we are.

“It’s a good service and people have piled into the service because it’s so good and it saves them so much time and trouble.”

The council says it was forced to put forward the choice between stopping the service or making it paid for after its medium term financial strategy projected a budget gap of £543,000.

Coun Paul Gleeson said: “The reality is we can’t afford to continue this as a free service. We are between a rock and a hard place.”

He had concerns about people who were unable to afford the new charge, particularly those who had newly-signed up this financial year expecting a free collection service.