Last month I reported how my Birkdale Ward colleague Cllr Simon Shaw was pushing for Doorstep Cardboard and Plastic Collection to be introduced – with financial help from the Government’s £250m “Weekly Collection Support Scheme”. http://birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/recycling-bid-birkdale-councillors.html
Now Simon, who is Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member – Environmental (that’s ‘Bins Czar’ to you and me) is calling for residents to show whether they support the bid via an on-line petition at www.southportsays.co.uk .
Simon explains: “We are just at the start of a lengthy three stage process run by Eric Pickles’ Department for Communities and Local Government, with the final bids being due in mid-August. I have always been aware of strong public support locally for the idea of the Council collecting cardboard and plastic.”
“For certain bids the Government’s own guidance asks for Councils to confirm that they have ‘credible support from local people’ and that’s where local residents can help by signing the on-line petition.”
“If Sefton Council ends up being successful in its bid then this Government funding would go a long way towards covering the £1m a year extra cost of a doorstep collection of cardboard and plastic.”
“Eric Pickles has made it clear that the Government Scheme is intended to help councils deliver what local people want. That’s why I hope as many as possible will sign the on-line petition – a minute is all it takes.”
The petition can be signed at www.southportsays.co.uk