Bins and grit mean money worries for Tameside Council

TAMESIDE Council’s plans to introduce three-weekly bin collections.

And the authority is likely to spend more than £100,000 more than originally thought on grit over this winter.

Blue and black rounds – contain paper and cardboard and glass and cans respectively – will now not come under the new system this year.

One of Tameside’s grit waggons

And that means an extra cost of £312,000, with about £70,000 offset by a contribution from the Waste Levy Reserve.

A 12-week trial of three weekly collections of blue and black bins in central Hyde, Haughton Green and Ridge Hill has recently ended.

Now Tameside’s executive cabinet is likely to receive a report on feedback – with 1,500 people saying what they thought – at its meeting on Wednesday, December 15.

A report to the council’s executive cabinet said: “There has been a delay in the implementation of three-weekly bin collections and charging for replacement bins.

“Appropriate Governance will be sought for a go live of January 2022.“It has been agreed that this will be partially offset by a contribution from the Waste Levy Reserve for 2021/22.”

Tameside Council is also proposing to charge £25.63 for an individual bin of any colour or £102.52 for a full set of bins.

Food caddies would also no longer be free and would cost £3 for a seven-litre bag and £5 for a 23-litre caddy.

The first snowfall of the winter also brought into focus the issue of grit, with major roads being treated in all the towns.

However, a report adds the council is set to incur a six-figure overspend than its original forecast.

With the headline figure of £102,000, it continues: “Based on previous years’ trends and costs, it is forecast that the winter gritting budget will overspend.

“The current assumptions are based on an annual costs of about £700,000 in line with previous years. The recurrent budget shortfall needs to be addressed as part of the 2022/23 budget setting exercise.”

The dossier also reveals the car park budget will be £351,000 short of estimates, saying: “There continues to be a shortfall in car parks income due to a combination of Covid-19 and legacy issues.

“A car park review is ongoing and will look to address this for the 2022/23 financial year.”

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