Charging for waste removal may result in loss of gardens

THE council’s head of environmental services should perhaps take the environment into account before being so short-sighted to charge residents for disposing of garden waste.

The north east has the highest number of front gardens in the UK that are more than three-quarters paved - 47 per cent are now used mainly for parking.

Hard surfaces increase the amount of rainwater that runs off by as much as 50 per cent.

This additional water flows into street drains which can’t always cope, so the excess goes back up people’s front drives to flood their homes. A garden would simply soak up the rain.

Without trees and plants our neighbourhoods turn into ugly swathes of grey.

Those who don’t wish to pay this extra charge are being told they must drive to the dump to dispose of their garden waste.

Could the head of environmental services please explain how hundreds of separate cars travelling to the dump is an environmentally friendly policy?

Charging for the removal of garden waste is likely to increase the number of front gardens paved, as some residents will simply not want to be bothered with the extra hassle.

I ask North Tyneside Council to think of the future implications and reverse this idiotic decision.