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Garden waste decision ‘not taken lightly’

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Borders councillors have voted 19-12 in favour of scrapping green bin collections from March 31.

The vote took place yesterday (Thursday) at a full meeting of Scottish Border Council.

Hawick Councillor Stuart Marshall was the only dissenting administration voice from Hawick.

And as we went to press, the Hawick and Denholm councillor told us: “I have lots of constituents who rely on the green bin service and I just could not vote this through. It’s as simple as that. I am there to represent them.”

Councillor Davie Paterson, SBC’s environmental Services brief holder who voted for the proposals, is adamant that the green bin cuts are justified and that alternative measures may have meant school and library closures.

In a visit to the Hawick News office on Wednesday, the Hawick and Hermitage Councillor said: “I have considered resigning my portfolio over this issue. To be honest it has went down like a lead balloon but we have to make savings of £28million. This has not been a decision we have taken lightly.”.

In a visit to the Hawick News office on Wednesday, the Hawick and Hermitage Councillor said: “I’m not surprised that this has proved unpopular. To be honest it has went down like a lead balloon but we have to make savings of £28million. This has not been a decision we have taken lightly.”

Garden Waste collections will be scrapped in March next year, saving the council £800,000 following the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, enforced from January, which make it statutory for councils to start separate collections for food waste.

Mr Paterson added: “I’m not happy about having to do this. And I know other councillorshave also been contacted by irate constituents. Other options could be far worse and could be as serious as school and library closures.”

Asked to respond to this, Councillor Paterson said: “ I understand the depth of feeling this issue has caused. If someone can’t get to a recycling centre they will have to put their garden rubbish into their general waste bins.”

As part of their Integrated Waste Management Structure, SBC is set to spend £750,000 on a new community recycling centre in Kelso.

 

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