Did you know that Conservative-run North Herts District Council are consulting on whether they can get away with charging residents upwards of £40 to remove garden waste for them? This service is currently covered by our council tax.
Introducing an additional charge for this service could mean that people who cannot pay end up fly-tipping their waste, burning it in harmful backyard bonfires, or just overloading the general, non-recycled waste disposal system. Those who want to dispose of garden waste correctly but who are unable to get to the tip don’t have any option but to pay, and no exemptions for elderly or disabled residents have been discussed.
The implementation of a similar tax in nearby Welwyn/Hatfield has been poorly managed, mistake-ridden, and extremely unpopular. Has NHDC not learned from these mistakes?
Please sign our petition at https://hitch-harp-libdems.org.uk/en/petition/stop-the-brown-bin-tax in opposition to these changes, and help us send the Council a clear message on this latest Tory stealth tax.