New call to rule out fortnightly bin collections

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SHEFFIELD’S ruling Labour councillors are being challenged to rule out fortnightly bin collections.

The Lib Dems are putting forward a motion at next week’s full council meeting, calling on all councillors to commit themselves against the move.

Reducing collections from weekly to fortnightly, which would save £2.4 million a year, is among options as the council faces a potential £7m of further spending cuts. It is also considering council tax rises.

The extra cuts may be required after the council ran into problems renegotiating money-saving deals with contractors who provide a range of services.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said Labour does not plan to reduce bin collections, although it is to launch a full review of the waste service.

Lib Dem opposition leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said: “No party included moving to a fortnight bin collection as part of their local election manifesto, therefore there is no mandate for the move.

“We are urging all councillors to vote with us next week so that Sheffield keeps its weekly collection.”

Coun Dore said: “Labour do not have any plans to move to fortnightly collection. Our only agenda is to clear up the mess left by the Lib Dem administration, whose waste policy has been a complete disaster.

“That’s why we will be asking a cross-party group of councillors to undertake a comprehensive review of the waste service.”