BINS. We all need them; we all use them and woe betide anyone who tries to tamper with the way they are emptied.
The whole subject is a potato so hot that only the bravest of people would ever consider handling it.
But desperate times call for desperate measures, and in the face of yet more funding cuts, Barrow Borough Council is pulling on its heavy duty oven gloves and doing exactly that.
People will complain – and understandably so. For many, especially large families, weekly bin collections are an absolute necessity.
So if the weekly bin collection is to be axed – and it looks as if this could well be the case – there must be plans put in place to cater for those who could literally find themselves in a mess.
Larger bins to compensate for fortnightly collections would have to be considered – as would the cost of buying those in and whether it would negate any saving.
More advice and encouragement on how to recycle and why it is important must also be forthcoming. Do we want bi-weekly bin collections? Not really. But in frugal times we must be realistic.
If the council think this is the best way of saving money for the town without affecting services relied upon by the most vulnerable, so be it.
But they must be prepared to fully justify any decisions they make. The public jury will then decide whether it was the right one.
Published: March 2, 2012
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