Croydon Council has rejected the government's cash incentive to scrap its new fortnightly bin collection scheme.Did it consult the voters before doing this? Well, what do you think?
Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said Croydon's new food waste recycling service will not be confined to the rubbish dump.Because it’s employing all those council staff and it’s green and it’s trendy and…look, just shut up, you haters!
Cllr Thomas told the Advertiser the plan would not be dropped despite Mr Pickles' claim that weekly rubbish collection was a 'basic right'And suddenly, it’s Labour who are in ‘oh, why not consult the voters?’ mode:
"We are committed to the scheme because we can see the economic and environmental benefits," he said.
"A lot of other local authorities have introduced this exact service and they have found no problem with it.
"We've only just rolled it out and I see no reason to change anything. In fact, I've been surprised with how good the response has been."
Labour leader Tony Newman, an outspoken critic of the new service, called on his rival to reconsider.Well, indeed. But then, as it’s Croydon, who’s going to notice anyway?
"I am genuinely stunned that Cllr Thomas is not prepared to look again or to at least delay the plan and meet Mr Pickles," he said.
"A system like this is fine if you live in a Sussex village and have a long driveway.
You can put the food waste out and forget about the smell of rotting rubbish and rancid nappies.
"But in boroughs like Croydon, which have growing levels of multiple occupancy housing and a significant number of people living in flats, it is going to cause serious problems."