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Posted by: John Brace | 19th July 2016

Councillors on Wirral Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review Cabinet decision to consult on changes to bin collections at a public meeting on Tuesday 26th July 2016 starting at 4.00 pm

Councillors on Wirral Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review Cabinet decision to consult on changes to bin collections at a public meeting on Tuesday 26th July 2016 starting at 4.00 pm

Councillor Stuart Kelly explains to the Coordinating Committee why he disagrees with the Cabinet decision about Forest Schools and Healthy Homes 18th September 2014 Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall

Councillor Stuart Kelly explains to the Coordinating Committee why he disagrees with the Cabinet decision about Forest Schools and Healthy Homes 18th September 2014 Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall

As reported previously on this blog the Wirral Council Cabinet decision to consult on two options involving changes to the green bin collection and a new food waste collection was called in.

A public meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been arranged to consider the call in. It will meet in Committee Room 2 at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED starting at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26th July 2016.

The papers for the meeting, which include the original Cabinet decision and the reasons for the call in were published on Wirral Council’s website today.

The following 25 councillors have called it in (a minimum of six is required to trigger a call in):

Cllr Stuart Kelly (Lib Dem)
Cllr Phil Gilchrist (Lib Dem)
Cllr Chris Carubia (Lib Dem)
Cllr Dave Mitchell (Lib Dem)
Cllr Alan Brighouse (Lib Dem)
Cllr Lesley Rennie (Conservative)
Cllr Tom Anderson (Conservative)
Cllr Bruce Berry (Conservative)
Cllr Chris Blakeley (Conservative)
Cllr Eddie Boult (Conservative)
Cllr David Burgess-Joyce (Conservative)
Cllr Wendy Clements (Conservative)
Cllr David Elderton (Conservative)
Cllr Gerry Ellis (Conservative)
Cllr Jeff Green (Conservative)
Cllr John Hale (Conservative)
Cllr Paul Hayes (Conservative)
Cllr Andrew Hodson (Conservative)
Cllr Kathy Hodson (Conservative)
Cllr Tracey Pilgrim (Conservative)
Cllr Cherry Povall (Conservative)
Cllr Les Rowlands (Conservative)
Cllr Adam Sykes (Conservative)
Cllr Geoffrey Watt (Conservative)
Cllr Steve Williams (Conservative)

Video footage of the Cabinet meeting on the 27th June 2016 that took the decision can be watched below.

Wirral Council’s Cabinet meeting 27th June 2016 (item 9 Domestic Refuse Collection Outline Business Case starts at 25 minutes 21 seconds)

Those behind the call in are asking for a longer consultation (a consultation over three months) and a consultation on more than just the options agreed by Cabinet.

The green bin options were to consult on either:

a) switching to every three weeks for the green bin collection but keep the same size green bin

or

b) to keep fortnightly green bin collections but issue residents with a smaller green bin.

The Cabinet decision also proposed a consultation on a new food waste collection.

The Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee is made up of the following councillors (although if councillors can’t make it to a meeting they can send deputies from the same political group in their place):

Cllr Phillip Brightmore (Chair), Labour
Cllr Steve Foulkes (Vice-Chair), Labour
Cllr Tony Jones, Labour
Cllr Julie McManus, Labour
Cllr Christina Muspratt, Labour
Cllr Louise Reecejones, Labour
Cllr Thomas Usher, Labour
Cllr Joe Walsh, Labour
Cllr Irene Williams, Labour
Cllr Adam Sykes (Conservative spokesperson), Conservative
Cllr Tom Anderson, Conservative
Cllr Bruce Berry, Conservative
Cllr Tracey Pilgrim, Conservative
Cllr Les Rowlands, Conservative
Cllr Chris Carubia, (Liberal Democrat spokesperson), Liberal Democrat

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Responses

  1. G’day John

    What is the point of 65 yes men if the dim witted buffoons haven’t got a brain and mouth each.

    hear hear

    Ooroo

    James

    5 or 6 could cock up just as easily.

    • The number of councillors was decided by the Boundary Commission long ago and Wirral Council seem very reluctant to suggest a consultation on changes.

      The truth is politicians are supposed to be there to represent the publics’ interest and make decisions from the perspective of a member of the public. For example approve accounts for £hundreds of millions whilst not having a professional accountancy background etc.

      The problem is you end up with professional politicians making a full time career out of politics that lose touch with the public and instead default into thinking they know best and rubber stamping what the senior managers want.

      Like any group of people there will be good and bad politicians.

      Of course if you listened to some politicians they’d say they don’t have much power that the politicians aren’t in charge and the power lies with the media and the senior public sector employees… checks and balances you see?

  2. G’day John

    Since “Ankles” and the rest of the Wirralgate gang, “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” and his “Ugly Twin Brother” have been put in their respective boxes who is the heir apparent for “biggest bully in labor”?

    Looking through your filum’s “Tarrantino” the big head that looks to be taking up No1 contender is Clowncillor Crispy Creme Doughnut”.

    Ooroo

    James

    • You presumably watch far more of my films than I do!

      The one former Labour councillor (recently made an Alderman by Wirral Council against the wishes of the Conservative councillors) that was once suspended as a Wirral Council councillor for a week for bullying was Harry Smith.

      I don’t think councillors can be suspended any more….

  3. Here we go on the Wirral Council Clown roundabout, I thought they did a deal with Biffa worth billions, so now they are going to cock everything up again, going to spend tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money, to come up with a plan which six months down the line will have to be re thought out again.
    So ask the TAXPAYERS what they need!
    If they change the larger green for a smaller, who is paying for this, in a time of cut backs, maybe they are all a bunch of morons!

    • Yes Wirral Council decided to extend the Biffa contract recently.

      The call in meeting has to happen first (which may uphold the Cabinet decision) in which case it will go out to consultation. Alternatively the Cabinet may be asked if they would be so kind as to to think again and consult on different options.

      The purpose of the consultation (not yet started) is to ask the taxpayers what they need. However the politicians (elected by the taxpayers) decide what is consulted on and how long it is.

      No idea to the answer to your last question as that would be in the contract with Biffa, but I would guess Wirral Council. However smaller bins would mean smaller charges for Wirral Council per a tonne for disposing of and collecting waste from domestic properties.


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