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New disposal charges will be reviewed

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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NEW charges for waste disposal will be reviewed after six months after councillors raised concerns over how the decision to introduce them was taken.

Councillor Neil Burden, chairman of Cornwall Council's scrutiny committee, called in the decision by Cabinet member Bert Biscoe to introduce new waste charges amid concerns there had been inadequate consultation and evidence to make such a decision.

The scrutiny committee met this week and decided that while the charges will still be implemented in September there will be a review after six months to assess their impact.

Mr Burden said there was widespread concern that by introducing charges for waste disposal that there would be an increase in flytipping.

Under the new policy people taking waste to the council's household waste recycling centres will be charged for particular types of waste.

These include asbestos, bricks, tiles, plasterboard, tyres, rubble, blocks, concrete posts and bathroom items such as sinks.

Mr Burden said he could understand the introduction of charges for the disposal of asbestos, and his main concern were the charges for DIY waste.

He said: "I attended the original meeting where this was discussed and there were a number of questions and concerns raised but none of them really adequately answered, yet they still voted in favour.

"At the scrutiny committee we heard that there was no business case had been made for this and that the savings of £480,000 had only been estimated.

"I felt there was inadequate consultation both with the public and with parish councils – we have now been told that parish councils will be informed. Flytipping is a growing problem and the cost of clearing up is increasing all the time. We were told that the cost was £326,000 and three years ago it was half that."

Mr Burden said he had no regrets over calling in the decision and said it had been a "worthwhile exercise".

He said: "It is the first one we have done and I am fairly pleased with the outcome. We will have a review in six months' time and can see what impact the charges have had and whether it has been the right decision."

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