Suspension of Garden Waste Service Costing Tunbridge Wells > £1 million p.a.
Tunbridge Wells Lib Dem leader Cllr Ben Chapelard commented, 'Cash-strapped Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is now paying the price for the Conservatives’ poor decision-making
At December's Full Council meeting we asked the portfolio holder in charge of the waste contract (Cllr Matthew Bailey, Con), how much the suspension of garden waste collections would cost Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The loss as at mid-December was running at £472k with an additional £45k every fortnight as subscriptions are extended at no cost to residents. There is no penalty for the Council's contractor, Urbaser, for not delivering this service, and it is not known when the collections will resume.
Tunbridge Wells Lib Dem leader Cllr Ben Chapelard commented, 'Cash-strapped Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is now paying the price for the Conservatives’ poor decision-making over its waste contract. Losing £45,000 every two weeks is a lot of money when the council is facing a £2million deficit next year.
TWBC is losing over £1million a year whilst garden waste is not being collected but, its contractor Urbaser, gets away with no financial penalties whatsoever.
In this situation there is no incentive for Urbaser to recruit extra drivers to provide this service to residents. The Conservatives have failed to hold their own contractor to account.'