Weekly bins plan ‘trashed’ by Wyre

Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member 'Pete Murphy
Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member 'Pete Murphy

A RETURN to weekly rubbish collections in Wyre has been ruled out by council bosses.

Councils throughout the country have been offered cash by the government to re-start weekly kerbside collections – which the Conservatives had campaigned for while in opposition.

But cautious Conservative leaders in Wyre, who introduced fortnightly collections about six years ago, fear that if they accepted the one-off offer from the government it would end up in more costs after the initial use of the grant – leaving Wyre with a big bill.

The borough’s cabinet member with responsibility for waste collection, Coun Pete Murphy, who represents Brock, said: “The funding to revert to weekly collections appears to be for a limited time only and the cost to the council after this period would be substantial.”

The decision has been supported by leaders of Garstang Labour Campaign Group, formed recently to campaign on local issues.

Spokesman Michael Banahan said: “While several years ago people felt that the bins would smell and rats would run amok if fortnightly collections were introduced, those fears were unfounded.

“We think that the service should remain the same and no further expenditure should be spent.”

During the recent consultation over the closure of Claughton tip, Wyre Council expressed concerns that post closure householders would put rubbish they would normally have taken to the tip in kerbisde collection bins.

Commenting on Wyre’s decision not to take up the offer which would have led to a return to weekly collections, Mr Robert Lobell, leader of the Save Tip in Garstang Action Group, said: “ I am not really surprised. It seems that very few councils intend to take up the offer of extra cash to fund a return to a weekly bin collection.”