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Roger Jones recently wrote about the proposed Green Bin Charge of £36 pa. in Tamworth

October 23, 2017 5:50 PM

Roger JonesFor me, £36 isn't a lot, and I value the service to help me with my gardening. Mind you I DID expect my Council Tax would continue to pay for these environmental services.

However, £36 for poorer pensioners, younger citizens, those on low wages like thousands who have lived this past decade under the Conservative "Austerity Measures." For those people, it is an extra cost that is not needed. For those living under very real financial pressures week after week the decision will be: CAN we pay this or shall we find some other way to get rid of grass mowings, pruning, tree lopping etc. Many, I fear, will not pay and the result will inevitably be more dumping of garden refuse in unlawful places. This has happened in Birmingham and in other council areas where this charge has been introduced.

I sympathise with councils everywhere. Their government grants have been cut to the bone, and still more cuts are in the pipeline. It seems the Tories are determined to bring local authorities to their knees and seek to bring the country down in every way: NHS, education, social services, disabilities, libraries. I'm told we are the 5th richest country in the world! Really!? Who'd have thought it!

Gardeners do wonderful work for the environment, of course, each in their own little area, but the total effect across all these gardens in Tamworth would mean a diminishing in activity, and a consequent deterioration in the wildlife and aesthetic quality of our town. Short-sighted and unnecessary in my opinion. If you want environment friendly policies in Tamworth, Vote Lib Dem in next year's Borough Council elections.

Roger Jones , keen gardener and LibDem Voter