CABINET CALL: By Roger Gambba-Jones
We have had an encouraging response following the recent launch of our garden waste collection pilot scheme and there is still time for residents to sign up.
Hundreds of people have joined so far but we only have a total of 2,500 places available, so once again I would urge anyone interested to sign up straight away.
The scheme has also met with some complaints from residents, namely that people living in areas not covered by the service feel frustrated that they cannot sign up right away.
I want to make it clear that even if you live in an area which isn’t covered, you can still register your interest to be added to a waiting list and it is very worthwhile doing this.
That’s because if the scheme is successful then it may be extended to other areas in future.
If people have been confused by this then we apologise, but this scheme is initially being run as a trial service with a limited number of spaces.
So just to confirm, the areas covered by the service are parts of Spalding, Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Donington.
The quickest way to find out if your house is covered is to log on to www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste and enter your post code.
We believe the scheme represents excellent value for money with an initial charge of £49 for 24 collections a year and an initial one off charge of £15 to cover extras including delivery and lease of the bins.
Residents wishing to participate on an ad hoc basis or those living in a property which isn’t suitable for a wheelie bin can purchase paper sacks.
To sign up or register your interest simply visit the new-look website www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste and complete a four-step process. This will only take a couple of minutes of your time.
If you don’t have internet access you can call or pop in to our customer service centre at our offices in Priory Road, Spalding.