A CONSERVATIVE councillor has launched a petition against the possible introduction of charges for the collection of green waste.
Councillor Richard Grosvenor, who leads the opposition group on East Staffordshire Borough Council, has used the online petition to call on the leading group to scrap the plans for what it calls a ‘stealth tax’ on brown bins.
But the leader of the authority, Councillor Julian Mott, said there were no plans to bring in a charge at the moment, and it was merely something the council was looking into as it explored ways to save cash.
The petition suggests that the scheme, similar to one introduced in Derby recently, would cost residents £40.
“This is a stealth tax equivalent to an 8.6 per cent increase in council tax to a service they already pay for.
“This charge should not be introduced as it will increase fly-tipping, reduce recycling rates and impact all residents of East Staffordshire negatively.”
The authority has faced cuts in Central Government funding of more than 50 per cent over recent years. The leading group has said it will explore all avenues to make sure it can still provide services within its budget.