Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group councillors Richard Butler and Roger Jackson recently presented a motion to Full Council calling for a review of the controversial Household Waste Recycling Centre Registration Scheme, following complaints from residents across the County.
The attached speeches from Councillors Butler and Jackson set out the history of the scheme and the nature of the objections received since registration “went live” in March. The wording of the motion highlighted concerns that the registration system is too intrusive, and that it will prove virtually impossible to implement a ban on residents who do not pay Nottinghamshire County Council tax.
Councillor Richard Butler, who is the Conservative Group’s Spokesman on Environment & Sustainability matters, said:-
“It is clear from the number of complaints that many Nottinghamshire residents object, not only to having to register for a service that was previously unrestricted, but also to the amount of personal information the Council is demanding.”
“For instance, in order to register online, you are obliged to give your date of birth and agree to the Council checking your identity and address against your personal credit record, which is entirely unnecessary and intrusive.”
Councillor Roger Jackson, who is the Conservative county councillor for Farnsfield & Lowdham, said:-
“This registration scheme has only come about because neighbouring councils cannot agree a simple formula to compensate each other for the number of people who cross council boundaries to dispose of their waste. For example, many City Council residents visit Nottinghamshire County Council waste tips because these facilities are nearer to where they live.”
“The Councils need to get back around the table and thrash out a solution. The answer is not to penalise the public with blanket registration schemes which are inconvenient, impractical and difficult to police in any effective way.”
“Local government should work around the public’s needs, not the reverse.”
The Conservative Group subsequently accepted an Amendment which supported the original motion and called on the Council to “Write to the Secretary of State and local MPs to ask for a directive that all councils should work together to identify the most cost effective and energy efficient means of waste disposal and recycling”.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group, said:-
“This was one of those occasions where the Council reached a consensus, common sense prevailed and all sides emerged with some credit. After a debate and several amendments, the Labour administration agreed to discuss the HWRC registration policy with the Environmental Spokesmen of the major political groups.”
A copy of the Final Amendment, which was approved by the Council, is attached for information.
For further information and comment, please contact Councillor Richard Butler on 07799 860 179 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org