Worthing and Adur Council launch of their new waste truck fleet at their depot in Commerce Way LancingPlease Credit – Simon Dack / Vervate
WEEKLY refuse collections are here to stay in Adur and Worthing – that’s the message from council leaders who have reconfirmed there will be no change in the service despite budgetary pressures.
National figures show that more than three in four local authorities in England now collect household waste every fortnight as funding pressures bite.
But, following a question at Worthing’s Full Council this week, leaders at both Adur District and Worthing Borough councils said they remain as committed as ever to regular refuse collections – which is why they recently invested £4.2 million in a state-of-the-art refuse fleet.
It comes after budget papers released by West Sussex County Council led one committee member to query to possibility of making savings by reducing the service.
Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “Our commitment to weekly collections for residents and businesses was highlighted six months ago when we invested millions of pounds in a whole new waste fleet.
“It would be folly and a waste of local taxpayers’ money to do an about turn on this less than a year in.”
Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for environment, said: “For many people, the most visible part of a council’s services is having their bins emptied every week.
“While other councils are cutting back on this vital service, our local residents tell us repeatedly how important it is.
“We will continue to put residents at the heart of everything we do and will work with the county council to protect our weekly collections.”
In the past year, the councils’ refuse and recycling team have emptied more than three million waste and 1.5 million recycling bins, as well as collecting 200,000 garden sacks, completing deep cleans in 120 streets and working with hundreds of volunteers to keep communities tidy.
It was the first service to be joined under the Adur and Worthing joint service banner, which recently marked ten years and has so far saved local taxpayers more than £17 million.
Details of the proposal from West Sussex County Council to encourage district and borough councils to adopt fortnightly refuse collections so it could introduce food waste collection scheme were revealed in WSCC budget plans, discussed on December 15.
But Worthing and Adur councils believe residents would prefer the status quo to remain.
Source: The Argus