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Lincoln residents could be charged £25 a year for garden waste collections

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

Charging £25 a year for garden waste collections would save the City of Lincoln Council £3m by 2016/17.

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People could be charged £25 a year for garden waste collections by the City of Lincoln Council under proposed measures to save £3 million by 2016/17.

The authority is preparing to make some tough financial decisions due to less Government grant settlement and income from car parking and building regulation and planning fees.

The council has to find £1 million of savings over the next financial year, with a total of £3 million required by 2016/7.

Apart from charging for green bin collections, the council is also looking to axe the urban rangers and commons warden and the sports development team.

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The Drill Hall grant could also be reduced by £75,000 over four to five years and the annual councillor ward budgets of £1,000 per member are to be scrapped.

Up to £150,00 in savings have also been identified in-house by reducing back office costs and management overheads.

The draft budget will go to the council’s executive on January 28 before going out to consultation. The £14 million budget is due to be decided on March 5.

Leader of the council Ric Metcalfe said: "I am furious that we have been put in this position.

"The last thing we wanted to do was to stop providing services that we have built up over the years.

"However, we have little choice and must now focus on providing services that most affect the people of this city.

"These decision have been incredibly difficult to make and have been made because no other options are available to us."

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  • kieron_wilson  |  January 23 2013, 9:25PM

    what a load of rubbish

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  • screenman  |  January 23 2013, 7:22PM

    West Lindsey used to charge this, you paid a year in advance halfway through the year they gave everyone a bin for free, so some like myself who had paid got ripped off. Mind you I did get an invite to the chairman's dinner and downed as much of the free booze and grub going, nice place that Market Rasen racecourse function hall, must have cost them a few bob for the night.

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  January 23 2013, 6:57PM

    If you have a large garden £25 is good value. If not, it's your choice. This is clearly the thin end of the wedge and local services are going to get further cut by the government removing local funding. Leisure Centres etc seem to be closing elsewhere. I'd guess this is on the horizon in Lincoln.

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  • Pete67  |  January 23 2013, 5:04PM

    TB78WHlNE - - - Surely you don't actually believe your taxes would go down if public transport were not subsidised. The public transport that was privatised to save tax payers money and bring down fares.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 23 2013, 4:24PM

    "When will this war on the non-motorist end?" When you start paying a realistic amount for your precious public transport instead of expecting the rest of us to subsidise it through our taxes.

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  • qwerty39  |  January 23 2013, 4:20PM

    I don't know why the council just didn't hide the charge in the council tax like they do everything else including their expenses. I don't think 0.48p a week is that bad I doubt a drive down the dump and back would be much cheaper, in fact if you include the cost of your own time it would cost more. I can understand though in principle why people are angry and how charges for other collections could creep in.

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  • gardener7  |  January 23 2013, 4:18PM

    We have to make "tough financial decisions" too, will this be an opt in/out scheme, as I would like a say on who spends my money

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  • Lincoln_Fan  |  January 23 2013, 2:13PM

    Where does my £110.00 per month Council Tax go?

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  • VictorToo  |  January 23 2013, 2:10PM

    I think the headline should read "Lincoln residents WILL be charged £25 a year for garden waste collections." I don't think there's any doubt that this will happen, and they're just trying to prepare us for the announcement.

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  • nolies  |  January 23 2013, 1:57PM

    I guess we have to blame the government for cutting council budgets and freezing council tax and we have then have to blame the national debt for the cuts the government are making and that brings us to greedy bankers getting massive bonuses for gambling the banks money away forcing the government to bale them out,now they've got their money and don't have to worry about paying £25 extra for a green bin. IMO every banker responsible should have had their vast wealth conviscated and used to help pay the national debt off but then for that to happen we'd have to be living in a fair society.

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