Councillor Matthew Patrick held a public meeting last week to answer all things recycling and bin related.
Yet a bunch of Tory Councillors turned up, this public meeting was arranged to inform the public what is going on. It is clear, that due to residents getting to grips with recycling there has been a significant increase. This increase has led to some well documented issues with collections that the Council is dealing with. At the moment there is a trial and we are getting some good feedback both positively and negatively, that will hone the future collection system.
Why did the Tories turn up I ask, they have plenty of opportunity to ask questions at many Council meetings. Whilst Cllr Patrick was genuine, in offering a public meeting it seems the Tories were out to spoil it…
Cllr Patrick went on to say, “It was a fantastic event, and gave the council and I a chance to thank residents for all the hard work that they are doing that has seen a 70% increase in the rate of recycling locally in the last two years, there were criticisms, including that it isn’t clear enough what can and can’t be recycled, and compliments that we have one of the best records of any council for not sending waste to landfill, at around 0% for the last ten years. I want to put residents at the heart of shaping the new service, but sadly the meeting was also hijacked by a small number of Conservative Councillors, who saw it as chance to point score, this didn’t impress me or anyone else in the room, I just wish that for one evening, they could put people before politics.”
“We’re coming up to the halfway point of the trial and we want to engage with the public. I’ve spoken to many residents and council staff these last few months and it’s clear that we need to move past the three-box system." Councillor Matthew Patrick