Great opportunity to have say on waste collections

BOSTON Labour councillors believe that the people of Boston now have a great opportunity to have their say on how their refuse is collected.

Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, has said that the Government is to pay local authorities in England to retain or restore weekly bin collections.

A £250m scheme is due to launch from April, after ministers conceded earlier this year that they could not force councils to pick up rubbish every week. Mr Pickles called it a ‘basic right’ for homes to have their rubbish taken away weekly.

Boston Labour councillors wish to hear your views on a weekly bin collection. You can have your say as to whether we return to weekly collections of household refuse or remain as we are with fortnightly collections by voting on our website www.bostonlabour.org.uk, or by emailing Coun Paul Kenny at paul.kenny@bostonlabour.org.uk or by writing to him at Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR.

We also feel this is a very timely opportunity to also discuss the merits of having a brown bin for your garden waste.

The Boston Labour Group supported the trial of the garden waste collection scheme, but as we come to the end of the trial, we believe it is essential that the people of Boston tell us what kind of green waste collection service they want for the future.

We would ask you to support Pam Kenny’s e-petition asking Boston Borough Council for brown bins for our green waste which now has 57 signatures. The petition runs to December 31, 2011, so we would urge all the people of Boston to sign the petition at http://epetition.boston.gov.uk/epeti tion_core/view/brownbins and show their support for this initiative

Let’s have a refuse service which serves the needs of our local communities.

COUN PAUL KENNY

Boston Labour group leader