Local residents across Salford have raised their concerns after the Labour Council attempted to smuggle out news of their decision to abolish weekly bin collections throughout the City.
The decision, which was buried in the small print of a Council press release, means that from next Autumn local residents will only have their black bins emptied on a fortnightly basis. Irlam and Cadishead will trial the new scheme from April 2013.
Councillor Karen Garrido, Leader of the Conservative opposition, said:
"There has been no consultation, no discussion – it is absolutely appalling. Why wasn’t this decision taken to community committees? The public will be horrified. This group of people – the city mayor and assistant mayors – are making these decisions and they aren’t being scrutinised"
Fellow Conservative Councillor Iain Lindley, who represents Walkden South ward, said:
"It is extraordinary and wrong that in the same week that Labour Councillors approved an increase in the allowances budget that a decision should be made to reduce a basic service without any consultation. Even worse is that it slipped out in the small print of a decision notice and press release. This needs to be looked at again. It is particularly harsh on local residents in Irlam and Cadishead who will have to suffer a reduced service six months earlier than the rest of the City"