Labour, backed by the Lib Dems, have scrapped weekly bin collections across most of the north of Camden – including most homes in Hampstead – and replaced them with collections just once a fortnight. They’ve also introduced a £75 Garden Tax.
The local Conservative councillors are strongly opposed to both measures and are fighting to restore free weekly bin collections for all residents.
Already, rubbish has begun piling up on our streets like it’s the Winter of Discontent all over again. This harms Hampstead’s beauty, threatens public health, inconveniences local residents and businesses, and undermines what makes Hampstead special.
Camden Conservatives put forward a costed plan to restore weekly bin collections: the cutting of which saves just £4 per Camden residents per year. However, this was rejected by Labour and the Lib Dems.
On the first day of a Camden Conservatives administration, we will put the contractor on notice that we will be restoring weekly collections.
That’s also why I support tougher action against fly-tippers, and better education to avoid law-abiding citizens accidentally breaking the law or failing to recycle.
1. Restore weekly bin collections
Residents rightly tell me that they’re worried about fly-tipping across our area. With bin collections reduced to once a fortnight, this has increased. Weekly bin collections are a necessity, not a luxury.
Collecting bins only once a fortnight has forced rubbish to pile up outside many properties. In an area so susceptible to wildlife, thanks to the presence of the Heath, this would attract a huge number of rats and urban foxes: threatening public health.
2. Oppose Labour’s Garden Tax
Labour have also introduced a Garden Tax: charging people £75 a year to dispose of garden waste. The Council admits that this will increase fly-tipping, but has continued anyway.
The level of this levy has almost doubled – from £40 – since it was first proposed. This means that Camden residents face one of the second-highest such levy in the country.
3. Take stronger action against fly-tipping
Those that deliberately leave waste on the street or on public areas when they shouldn’t should face stiffer penalties. I successfully proposed introducing on-the-spot fines for people caught fly-tipping, but will push to ensure this fine is raised to the maximum £400, as in most boroughs, to deter fly-tipping.
Education of residents also has to improve. Camden must give residents better information about how to abide by time-banded collections on Hampstead High Street. More information about how to recycle would also boost recycling, save costs, and keep our streets clean.
News about this campaign
- 9 March 2018: Camden must stop being a soft touch on fly-tipping
- 4 April 2017: Camden waste service hotline melts down on day one
- 18 March 2017: Talking rubbish with the Conservatives’ Lebanese allies
- 10 February 2017: Camden should punish fly-tippers, not residents
- 11 January 2017: Most of Hampstead loses its weekly bin collections
- 19 December 2016: Camden’s recycling rate falls to shameful 25% as Labour cut bin collections
- 26 November 2016: Making time-banded waste collections work
- 25 November 2016: Camden adopts fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, but they’re not enough
- 22 September 2016: Camden should use its new powers to get tough with fly-tippers
- 18 August 2016: Labour councillors approve ending weekly bin collections – Oliver votes against
- 26 July 2016: Camden Labour introduces a shock Garden Tax
- 15 April 2015: Camden Labour refuse to clarify plans to end weekly bin collection
- 1 April 2015: Francis Maude and Oliver discuss preserving Camden services by reducing waste
- 3 March 2015: Conservative plan to preserve services, cut Council Tax, and extend free parking rejected by Labour