Brown bin fee could be scrapped

Labour's elected mayor candidate Norma Redfearn with Mr and Mrs Thompson, of Cliftonville Gardens, Whitley Bay, who have registered their objection to the introduction of the "brown bin tax".
Labour's elected mayor candidate Norma Redfearn with Mr and Mrs Thompson, of Cliftonville Gardens, Whitley Bay, who have registered their objection to the introduction of the "brown bin tax".

CHARGES for collecting garden waste would be scrapped if Labour win next year’s mayoral election.

Some borough residents have hit out at North Tyneside Council’s decision to charge £20 for a brown bin to dispose of garden waste, labelling it ‘another tax’.

Now Labour’s deputy leader and elected mayoral candidate Coun Norma Redfearn has confirmed that she would scrap the brown bin charge.

Letters are being distributed in the borough asking residents if they want their garden waste collected, being given until the end of November to indicate whether they are prepared to pay the additional charge.

The scheme is expected to come into force from March next year.

Coun Redfearn said: “People take the view that the collection of refuse from households should be considered a basic local authority service that people pay their council tax for.

“This is an unfair stealth tax that penalises those residents who look after their gardens and is an ineffective way of making savings in the council’s budget.”