“And, Labour councillors have the cheek to look surprised when people say Luton Council consultations are a sham.” – Cllr. David Franks, Liberal Democrat leader of the opposition, Luton Council.
49%* of the people who responded to Luton Council’s own consultation exercise said moving to fortnightly black bin collections would have a big impact on their family but the Labour Council is to do it anyway. The bin in which people put food, nappies, continence waste are to be collected only once every two weeks.
“Hundreds of people have contacted Liberal Democrat councillors to protest and many have said responding to Council consultations is a waste of time because they have already made up their minds what they are going to do,” says Liberal Democrat councillor David Franks, “And Labour councillors have the cheek to look surprised when people say Luton Council consultations are a sham.”
“Even families who never fill their black bin are concerned about the smell, flies from rotting food left for a minimum of two weeks. With the hot summer we’ve just enjoyed there must be real health concerns.”
The Council claims that fortnightly bin collections will lead to less waste being taken to landfill but Liberal Democrat councillors say there will not be less waste, it will just lie around smelling for longer and that’s why they opposed the move from the start.
* Based on the following data from the survey: Very or fairly big impact 49%. Very little (but some) impact 34%. No impact 13%. Don’t know 3%
Full survey results are available via this link.