As a result of £125m cuts from Central Government since 2011; the Council has had to make tough decisions and look at ways to reduce spending alongside maintaining vital services for our most vulnerable.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Jas Athwal said "balancing much loved services against the ongoing costs required to provide vital care to the elderly and vulnerable, alongside continued government cuts, is challenging and means we must consider innovative changes to every service we provide".
Following a trial of a fee paid green garden waste service over the past eight months and consultation through the Our Streets commission and listening to resident feedback the Redbridge Labour Administration has carefully reviewed all elements of the green garden waste service.
Cllr Athwal also said, “following the Our Streets commission report, we've reviewed the service as I promised earlier in the year, and after considering all the options we have decided a free fortnightly service would be the best way forward”.
This new free fortnightly service will begin next year from March to November using the ‘old style’ bag, which will be provided to households with a garden.
There will also be a ‘Christmas Tree Amnesty’ early in the new year for collection of dead Christmas trees.
Further details will be outlined in a forthcoming cabinet report in November.