Monday, 30 July 2018

Arrangements for the Green Bin Tax announced

West Berks Council have finally announced arrangements for the Green Tax:
  • It will come in on 3rd September 
  • The full year charge is £50
  • It is optional, but if you don't pay then garden waste will not be collected
  • It will run from September to August 31st
  • If you subscribe between 1 March 2019 and 30 June 2019 then you need only pay £25. That's hidden in the Ts and Cs!
  • You can only subscribe online or by phone
  • Kitchen waste will be collected from your green bin even if you haven't paid the tax
  • People who pay the tax will be sent a sticker to put on their bin. The sticker will include the address
  • Christmas trees will only be collected from homes where the tax has been paid

Information packs will be posted to residents beginning this week

FAQs: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/gardenwaste


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Waste and Recycling Collection Starting at 6am

Tweet from West Berkshire Council:

Due to continued hot weather, recycling and rubbish collections will continue to start at 6am next week (w/c 30 July). Please put your bins out before 6am and let neighbours, friends and family know. Check our Facebook @recyclewestberkshire or westberks.gov.uk/waste for updates.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Meadow Way Closed 17th to 20th July

Meadow Way will be closed for resurfacing between Church Street and half way between Roundhead Road and Mulberry Way from tomorrow (17th July) to 20th July.

The closure will be between 8am and 5pm, NOT as in this letter that is being delivered to residents today.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cancelled: meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July

The meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July has been CANCELLED because "a group of residents and non-residents are intending to disrupt Monday's parish council meeting and not abide by the rule of the Chairman". It will be held at a later date.

Please see the news item on the parish council website: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Green Bin Tax Delayed

The introduction of the £50 "Green Bin Tax" has been delayed from July until "later in the summer". However, West Berks Council didn't announce the delay, it was revealed in the answer to a question I asked at a meeting of the council's Executive Committee.
The delay is good news to gardeners as they will able to use their green bins for free for longer, but it is bad for the council because they will get less income from the tax this year. The later that it is introduced, the more likely it is that residents will put off paying the charge until the spring.

I oppose this tax because it:
  • is unfair on those on low incomes, such as pensioners and the disabled
  • punishes those who try to do their best for the environment
  • will lead to yet more fly-tipping
  • will make life difficult for those who don't have the use of a car.