East Devon considering garden waste collection ...
Council investigates feasibility of a new service with recycling partners, SUEZ UK….
East Devon District Council is exploring a fortnightly district-wide chargeable garden waste collection service which would, if introduced, include the Trinity Ward Parishes of Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth.
Over the last six months the council has introduced a new improved recycling service to more than 68,000 households across the district and during this period, there has been considerable pressure from residents asking the council to provide a reliable garden waste collection service too.
Over the next few months, we will be investigating the feasibility of providing a garden waste collection service for a small annual fee. The council will work with our partners SUEZ, who operate the current recycling and waste contractors, to develop a detailed business case. Many councils across the country successfully operate a chargeable collection service such as this and East Devon is keen to continue to improve and modernise our recycling and waste service by introducing this new initiative.
The move comes as the council’s recycling and waste partnership board agreed last month not to renew an expired contract with previous garden waste collection operators Otter Rotters Ltd who are a community enterprise group. The ‘Otter Rotters’ service was not available to us in Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon or Axmouth, as their operation was restricted to 9,000 households in Honiton, Ottery, and villages to the West End of East Devon. There has been no formal agreement between the council and Otter Rotters Ltd since April 2016 and Otter Rotters Ltd confirmed to the council’s partnership board that it dissolved in February this year and was not currently operating.
The Council is now looking to the future and several residents have indicated the wish to have a regular and reliable garden waste collection service. If we are able to deliver this service in an economically viable manner, then I hope it will also help reduce disturbance caused in the village centre during the summer, as residents burn garden waste.
If introduced, it will be important that the service is sustainable in the long term, covers its costs without being subsidised by the council tax payer, and operates across all areas of East Devon.
I will keep you informed on progress over the Winter…
Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report…
Examiners recommendations endorsed…..
At our September Cabinet Meeting, we thanked the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group for all their hard work and our East Devon District Council Officers for the support they had given the Group.
Legislation associated with the Neighbourhood Plan requires East Devon District Council to produce a ‘Decision Notice’ at this stage in the process. We therefore resolved that;
1. The examiners recommendations on the plan be endorsed.
2. That a ‘referendum version’ of the Neighbourhood Plan (incorporating the examiners modifications) should proceed to a referendum and a decision notice to this effect be published.
3. That the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group be congratulated on their hard work.
What happens next?...
A referendum vote will now be held in Uplyme on Thursday 26th October. I understand that the Neighbourhood Plan Group intends to hold a further exhibition of the ‘Referendum’ Version of the plan in the village hall in advance of ‘referendum day’ to allow us all to take a final look.
What will a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan mean to us?...
A Neighbourhood Plan, when supported by a simple majority in referendum, will be promptly ‘made’ by EDDC at our Cabinet Meeting.
Once ‘made’, our Neighbourhood Plan will be used in the determination of planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area (which, in our case, coincides with the Uplyme Parish boundary). The Parish Council will also receive 25% of Community Infrastructure Levies and, whilst it cannot change existing ‘Section 106’ funding agreements on development, the Neighbourhood Plan can be used in future agreements.
When will the plan next be reviewed?...
Neighbourhood Plans are normally reviewed within their lifespan, typically 5-10 yearly, or in line with a Local Plan Review, to ensure that policies remain relevant.
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