I got my leaflet today stating that from October you have to pay £75 a year for garden waste collection. Further bulk collections will cost £25 for 4 items then £10 per item. If the dustman break your wheelie bin or you don't have one you have to pay £30.
I rang Haringey who transferred me to veola. Veola say it's Haringey council who decided they need to save 20 million for social care.
I am disgusted. I have lived in this borough for 53 years and all this is going to do is make people dump rubbish in the streets in a borough that has the worst fly tipping in England.
As far as saving money for social care, already the council tax bill went up to cover this. Haringey council should stop wasting money on other things.
I for one will not pay £75 and I suggest Haringey think again..
"You don't subsidise estates [....]"Really? Then where does the difference in market value rent and the £90 or so a week rent estate tenants pay comes from?
"I resent your undertone that people on estates are feeding off the rest of society."
I won't keep it an undertone; I'll make it an overtone. I can give anecdotes and I am sure most all of us can about the abuses of the system--the layabouts we know that this system has created, etc. But it is articulated best in my experience by Bertrand Russell in "The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed."
The transgression that frosts me the most though is the illegal subletting at market rate that these people who supposedly aren't feeding off of the rest of society receive (not sure how it could be characterised other than "feeding off of the rest of society"). I know that there are counter-anecdotes of estate residents who are "worthy". It's not the point. The point is statist government intervention destroys the human spirit, destroys the nuclear family and does little to better society and housing estates do much to demonstrate this. There is a lot more to be said about this subject, particularly when juxtaposed with immigration policy.
Sorry to have gone off topic but I couldn't let this lie. Housing spend may be a different line item on a budget spread sheet Michael, but the source of that line item comes from tax I pay, and in my view the 1900 annual cheque to the council or the 45% of what I make being the source of that spend is immaterial.
We've all got large woven white plastic sacks at the moment, which are emptied into a large wheelie bin by Veolia staff - when the bin is full it goes to the lorry and is emptied, usually once per 5-10 households.
That's a lot quicker than having each week in future to empty each household's garden waste new wheelie bin in turn, including time to lift the lid and check for contents (winter (unlikely) and summer) - currently, no sack on display, no stop.
I wish they'd simply issued new plastic sacks with council logo but in a different colour, to denote those who pay for the new service. Far less space-consuming compared to a third wheelie bin, since they fold when empty. A lot cheaper too. Haringey/Veolia's change to the current system isn't even optimal.
I would be tempted to suck it up and pay the £75 if it didn't mean having yet another bin on my front path - it's just not practical. Nor is having to pay for a replacement bin after it's been thrown around the street by Veolia - how do they justify that? I'd like to charge them for the time I spend retrieving my bins from wherever they've left them each week. If they didn't supply new bins, surely they could reduce that £75 a bit.