'Pick up the mess North Somerset' - says town councillor

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 August 2014

John Crockford-Hawley.

John Crockford-Hawley.

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A HIKE in the cost of emptying dog bins has prompted town councillors to discuss removing them from North Somerset's land so it can 'pick up the bill as well as the mess.'

The district authority told Weston Town Council costs are due to rise – from £2 per bin to £6 – next year and on Monday night a plan was discussed to minimise the fee.

During the policy and finance committee meeting town councillors heard the total number of bins in the area are divided between Weston town and North Somerset councils. Some of the town council’s bins are on North Somerset land and an option of combining litter and dog bins was raised.

Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: “We are providing bins where we are not responsible for the land but we are not a refuse authority, we do not have a statutory requirement to remove waste, and we are doing it simply because the district council is not fulfilling its obligations.

“If it wants to start charging us more we could say we are going to pull out of putting extra bins on their land so they can pick up the bill as well as the mess.

“I do not think we should play to North Somerset’s game of increased charges if they are not helping with the land they own.”

Cllr Roger Bailey raised the issue that there may be consequences if this action was taken. He said: “The bins are serving a useful purpose.

“I would hesitate to take them away. People are not going to be very pleased with that and we have to justify that.”

Cllr Mark Canniford added: “If we take them away to make a stance the public are going to be the ones to suffer.

“There is room for us to think strategically but if we take bins away to prove a point we may be the ones to look like we are behaving unfairly not North Somerset.”

This was agreed by Cllr Peter Fox who said the council should continue to pick up waste to prove to North Somerset it is ‘doing part of its job.’

The matter was referred to the town council’s expenditure and governance committee to make a decision.

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