The original petition was short and to the point:
Please reverse your decision to change weekly bin collections to bi-weekly collection and cancel future charges in garden waste
Why is this important?
This is important because this service is one of the few services left to Enfield residents. The so-called “consultation” conducted by the council revealed a majority of residents preferred to keep the bin collections as a weekly service rather than change it to bi-weekly with additional charges for garden waste.
The new, much longer, petition reads as follows:
We the undersigned petition the Council to REVERSE ITS DECISION TO CHANGE THE BIN COLLECTION SERVICE AS IT IS AT PRESENT AND FURTHERMORE TO CANCEL ITS INTENTION TO IMPOSE THE ANNUAL CHARGE OR LEVY TO COLLECT GREEN WASTE
To the members of Enfield Council, 16th July 2019
BIN COLLECTION PLANS
Last year this Council ran a consultation period surreptitiously buried in the recess of the Christmas season. This proposal is for a change to the current collection arrangements of our domestic recycling and garden waste. The options suggested are unacceptable to many constituents, particularly the imposition of an additional charge to collect garden waste. This being on top of the 5% increase to our annual Council Tax Bill this year. It can only be described as another stealth tax. Not only are these options one-sided, but no compromises have been offered and submitted.
Many years ago the Council proposed and introduced wheelie bins on the back of suggestions that it would greatly enhance and improve the cleanliness of the Borough, and in many instances prevent the problem of rodent and fox running, thereby upholding the accolade of ‘beautiful and clean town’.
Your public duty is to provide a healthy and hygienic environment and these current proposals to reverse this main objective are, quite frankly, bizarre and would hardly endorse this policy.
Most households were previously issued with smaller sized bins and are already easily and rapidly over-filled over a one week collection, let alone the proposed two week collection.
The impact will be absolutely clear and obvious: our bins will overflow and our domestic waste will most likely spill onto the streets, be it in boxes or plastic bags and, worse still, even loose; allowing wildlife to rummage through the refuge, creating an even bigger, unsightly and unhygienic, mess. There will undoubtedly be an increase in vermin in general. This surely must be seen as a significant health and safety breach.
Do you intend, at the very least, or regardless of any outcome, to upgrade our small bins to larger units? PLEASE RESPOND FULLY.
We are told that you are still planning to make weekly collections of food waste. Where is the sense in that? Whilst sending your crews around our streets to pickup this 'group' of waste why is it not deemed logical and time and cost-effective to collect the general waste simultaneously, as is the current practice?
The Council already dismissed our most recent petition containing almost 6,500 names AGAINST the current proposals, based upon a mere technicality. These are genuine entries signed by your very own residents. Further opportunity MUST be taken into account to listen to your residents, otherwise this smacks of the Council just looking for any loophole to impose its one-sided policy.
DO NOT IGNORE THIS.
KINDLY RESPECT YOUR POSITIONS AND BE ACCOUNTABLE AS PAID ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS TO THIS BOROUGH. DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU ARE TAKING YOUR CONSTITUENTS’ VIEWS FULLY INTO ACCOUNT AND ARE CONSULTING WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES IN ORDER TO REACH A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE RESOLUTION
Anger as bin collections petition rejected (Enfield Dispatch 1 July 2019)
Less frequent wheelie bin collections proposed (Palmers Green Community 31 October 2018)
Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda (Palmers Green Community 11 February 2019)