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Developers told they must fund new bins

Rugby Editorial 16th Apr, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

HOUSING developers will be forced to pay for bins for each new home they build.

A review household waste services has concluded with almost 11,000 houses set to be built by 2026 it would not be possible for the borough council to supply them all with bins and meet the costs of extra collection rounds as it does now.

At around £150 per property providing all homes on the soon to be developed masts’ sites would alone cost almost £1million.

The report of the review team, chaired by Coun Kathryn Lawrence, said it would prove to be a serious financial burden for the council and said councils in Stratford and North Warwickshire already pass on the cost.

Developers will also be encouraged to provide underground rubbish storage for apartments while new guidelines have been drawn up to ensure the design and layout of sites include adequate space for bins to be stored and lorries to navigate their way round streets to empty them.

The review also found the closure of all of its 28 mini recycling centres had not led to an increase in fly tipping.

But called for improvements to the county council-run tip on Hunters Lane after expressing concern about its ability to cope with demand from the rising population.

The team found it needed to be more accessible and review its opening hours despite the county council insisting almost half of waste taken there could now be collected in one of three three household bins, earning the borough council an extra £40 per tonne.

They also said more consideration should be given to doing a deal to take all household waste to the SITA processing plant at Cemex’s Malpass Farm when it opens later this year following increased travel costs to the non-recyclable waste disposal centre in Coventry instead of Ling Hall in Lawford Heath.

In its response to the review the county council said it had already had informal discussion with SITA and said its prices were high although did not rule out further negotiations.

Coun Lawrence said in the report: “Rugby borough is the seventh fastest-growing local authority area in England in terms of population, and it is set to grow even faster during the coming decade.

“Notably, the radio station development of 6,200 new households will present opportunities and challenges, not least with regard to the way in which we store and collect household waste.

“It is our wish that the services provided to the residents have sufficient resilience to meet increasing demands now and in the future.”

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