At tonight’s cabinet meeting the Labour council agreed their £1 million garden tax and the Tory group issued the following press release:
Labour Announces £1 Million Garden Tax
Ealing’s Labour Council will impose a £1million garden tax by charging residents £40 a year for a fortnightly garden waste collection.
Cllr David Millican, Conservative Group Leader, said:
“It is outrageous that Labour will charge £40 a year to collect our garden waste and then only fortnightly. This is a Labour choice and not a Conservative choice.
Our borough is the Queen of the Suburbs and we want to encourage more people to improve their gardens and do their bit for the environment. This £40 tax will stop a lot of people recycling their garden waste.”
Labour’s has chosen to implement this tax as they say it will remove the cost of the garden waste collection from the Council Tax payer who does not benefit from the use of the service (i.e. those without a garden). However, this is nonsense. Is Labour really saying that that people without children should not be paying for schools?”
There has been a lot of discussion of this move on the www.actonw3.com forum and the www.ealingtoday.co.uk forum. On the later you can see contributions from Labour’s environment chief, Bassam Mahfouz, and the old leader of the council, Jason Stacey, who put in the current system which works and most people really like.