Never say 'never' to fortnightly rubbish collections!

A COUNCILLOR who has fiercely protested against fortnightly rubbish collections has said they may be a possibility in the future, it has been claimed

A COUNCILLOR who has fiercely protested against fortnightly rubbish collections has said they may be a possibility in the future, it has been claimed.North Somerset Council's former executive member for the environment, Deborah Yamanaka, says she has had a conversation with Councillor Dawn Parry where she was told the drastic measure could be an option down the line.Two weeks ago the Weston & Somerset Mercury exclusively revealed how North Somerset Council is considering options, including fortnightly rubbish collections, from 2010 onwards.The information was contained within a report represented by the unitary authority's director of development and environment, David Turner, at a meeting of the environmental services policy and scrutiny panel on October 11. Both Councillors Yamanaka and Parry were at the meeting. This week Cllr Yamanaka, told the Mercury: "I recall a conversation with Cllr Parry where she had said it would not be 'never' to fortnightly collections."During the meeting she had also said something along the lines of that we would not have fortnightly collections unless the Government makes it necessary financially."The Mercury tried to contact Cllr Parry but she was unavailable for comment.Cllr Yamanaka also claims the same report that was presented to the panel two weeks ago is due to be presented to a meeting of North Somerset Council's executive next week, but with the suggestions of fortnightly collections left out.At question time at the end of the full council meeting on Tuesday night, she asked: "Can you tell me why we allowed fortnightly collections on the executive agenda for next week and then it was taken off?"Current executive member for the environment, Cllr Francis-Pester said: "I think we have made it quite clear we have no plans for fortnightly collections and it makes sense to go with the report we submitted. We have no further comments to make."Cllr Yamanaka then asked: "Do you think options will be put to the public?"Cllr Francis-Pester replied: "We are under review and there will be a review of waste strategy which will allow us to look at all aspects of waste management. "We are not able to make any further comments on that at this stage.


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