Liberal Democrats present bin bag petition to Cardiff Council

December 19, 2013 4:15 PM

Jenny Willott MP

Liberal Democrat group on Cardiff Council, headed by group leader Cllr Judith Woodman, will tonight present a meeting of full council with a petition containing signatures from hundreds of residents in Cardiff who are opposed to the idea of their black bin bag and wheelie bin collections being reduced from fortnightly to monthly.

Cardiff Liberal Democrat councillors, Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, and Eluned Parrott, AM for South Wales Central, have collected nearly 600 signatures.

Residents find it particularly galling that this proposal comes at a time when cuts are already being made to street cleaning services, which are leaving parts of the city neglected.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"When the idea was first announced, I said that the Council shouldn't be cutting our black bag collections. It is clear in the short time that we have campaigned on this issue that the residents of Cardiff agree.

"Lots of houses in Cathays, Adamsdown and Plasnewydd will struggle to store black bags and overflowing wheelie bins for a month. It is completely impractical.

"I, and hundreds of local residents, are calling on the council to drop this ridiculous idea."

Group leader Cllr Judith Woodman added,

"When the Lib Dems ran Cardiff we put a lot of work into cleaning up our city and increasing recycling rates, successfully. This move is completely out of line with what residents have told us they want on the doorsteps.

"These proposals will only lead to more rubbish being dumped on streets that aren't going to get cleaned as frequently, thanks to cuts by the Labour-run Cardiff Council."

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