Colchester Council budgets for £1.1million funding gap

Council budgets for £1.1million funding gap

Council budgets for £1.1million funding gap

First published in News

COLCHESTER Council will have to find £1.1million next year to balance its books.

The council will see a 15 per cent cut in the amount of money it gets from central Government from April next year.

Overall, it will see a drop in income from £8.3million to £7million.

The council has also factored in a loss of £300,000 because drivers will begin to use the new park and ride, planned to open at Cuckoo Farm in March, instead of parking in town council-run car parks.

Paul Smith, Colchester Council finance boss, said: “We consider a great many people will look to the park and ride, rather than using our car parks, so it is prudent to factor it in for the whole year.”

He added: “We will have to look at a few things.

“One is doing things more efficiently, second is looking for growth in business rates, which there is, and then thirdly, we would look at cuts or using money for our reserve balances, which are above the prudent level.”

Mr Smith also revealed the council has received a grant offer from central Government to freeze council tax next year, but no figures have been discussed.

It is expected there will be no increase in the £3.4million new homes bonus money the council received this year in the next financial year.

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5:43pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Mohammad Akbar says...

Why don't councillors hand back some of the bungs they have been receiving.
Why don't councillors hand back some of the bungs they have been receiving. Mohammad Akbar
  • Score: 5

6:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

Mohammad Akbar wrote:
Why don't councillors hand back some of the bungs they have been receiving.
Quite so?
And at the same time they could be collecting full Council Tax charge from those did*l*ng the system.
Especially the ones that are working and claiming to be living alone!
[quote][p][bold]Mohammad Akbar[/bold] wrote: Why don't councillors hand back some of the bungs they have been receiving.[/p][/quote]Quite so? And at the same time they could be collecting full Council Tax charge from those did*l*ng the system. Especially the ones that are working and claiming to be living alone! Nom De Plume
  • Score: 9

8:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

brooks says...

sell the golden banana...ooops. If anyone wanted to buy it.
sell the golden banana...ooops. If anyone wanted to buy it. brooks
  • Score: 4

10:24pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

I remember this sort of challenge when I had a proper job. When the market dropped costs had to be cut - simple! We couldn't increase sales in a falling market volume - prices and hence margins eroded. Capitol projects were cancelled and a head count called in all departments at all levels. The head count would start at 5% reduction. This had a secondary benefit, the low contributors would be pruned first. Now, let's start with the permanent and elected officers. Who can calculate the saving of a 5% on the salaries and expenses of these groups?
I remember this sort of challenge when I had a proper job. When the market dropped costs had to be cut - simple! We couldn't increase sales in a falling market volume - prices and hence margins eroded. Capitol projects were cancelled and a head count called in all departments at all levels. The head count would start at 5% reduction. This had a secondary benefit, the low contributors would be pruned first. Now, let's start with the permanent and elected officers. Who can calculate the saving of a 5% on the salaries and expenses of these groups? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 18

8:00am Sat 19 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Simple sack the entire CBC cabinet all they seem to do is blame any failings about Colchester on ECC so lets cut out the middleman and complain directly to ECC.
Simple sack the entire CBC cabinet all they seem to do is blame any failings about Colchester on ECC so lets cut out the middleman and complain directly to ECC. sam vines
  • Score: 8

10:26am Sat 19 Jul 14

brooks says...

so many empty shops in colchester town. Would they be filled if business rates were lowered? eg using just basic amounts as I do not know what the actual charges are.. what if we had 20 shops ....5 open shops x 10 pounds per year and 15 shut...revenue....50 pounds....say reduce to 6 pounds a year and 20 shops open x 6 equals 120 pounds revenue. same with carpark Reduce cost of parking fees equals more shoppers and more people paying the fees. or am I simplifying it too much?? Would it work?
so many empty shops in colchester town. Would they be filled if business rates were lowered? eg using just basic amounts as I do not know what the actual charges are.. what if we had 20 shops ....5 open shops x 10 pounds per year and 15 shut...revenue....50 pounds....say reduce to 6 pounds a year and 20 shops open x 6 equals 120 pounds revenue. same with carpark Reduce cost of parking fees equals more shoppers and more people paying the fees. or am I simplifying it too much?? Would it work? brooks
  • Score: -4

12:03pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Checkout says...

I'm under the impression that business rates are set by central government and that CBC simply collect them on HMGs behalf.
If they do all go to HMG and are redistributed to ECC, we will see very little in return.
To cut rates more generally, get rid of all Colchester Conservative representatives on ECC. They do absolutely nothing for the town and are a complete waste of money.
I'm under the impression that business rates are set by central government and that CBC simply collect them on HMGs behalf. If they do all go to HMG and are redistributed to ECC, we will see very little in return. To cut rates more generally, get rid of all Colchester Conservative representatives on ECC. They do absolutely nothing for the town and are a complete waste of money. Checkout
  • Score: 9

1:44pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Davidmills says...

That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.
That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run. Davidmills
  • Score: -4

4:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Scrap one level of local government and save lots of money.
Scrap one level of local government and save lots of money. Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 8

10:44pm Sat 19 Jul 14

julieee says...

Reassess council tax for every planning application that goes in. In my road there's now a 5 bedroom house with 3 bedroom tax and a completely new residence simply by closing off a car entrance to the back of a property.
Reassess council tax for every planning application that goes in. In my road there's now a 5 bedroom house with 3 bedroom tax and a completely new residence simply by closing off a car entrance to the back of a property. julieee
  • Score: 2

11:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

jut1972 says...

Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start.
Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start. jut1972
  • Score: -1

12:23am Sun 20 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

jut1972 wrote:
Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start.
Now your cooking with gas - next step is.....
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start.[/p][/quote]Now your cooking with gas - next step is..... Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Sun 20 Jul 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

I met Smith the other day.
Quite a nice chap and well versed.
To put it in a nutshell, someone has to do the job, and you would find it a hard task to get someone better to handle the mess.
There has been worse completely off the scale.
He knows the score let him deal with the issue.
However some of the comments above are helpful and productive and should be considered.
I met Smith the other day. Quite a nice chap and well versed. To put it in a nutshell, someone has to do the job, and you would find it a hard task to get someone better to handle the mess. There has been worse completely off the scale. He knows the score let him deal with the issue. However some of the comments above are helpful and productive and should be considered. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 0

10:32pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Boris says...

Davidmills wrote:
That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.
Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want.
ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly.
And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?
[quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.[/p][/quote]Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want. ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly. And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood? Boris
  • Score: 2

11:36am Mon 21 Jul 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

Boris wrote:
Davidmills wrote:
That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.
Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want.
ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly.
And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?
The plans for the system where proposed to be underground or encased.
It would have had little or no effect to us.
It was an ECO design job.
If that was the case i do not got the negative publicity of the argument.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.[/p][/quote]Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want. ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly. And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?[/p][/quote]The plans for the system where proposed to be underground or encased. It would have had little or no effect to us. It was an ECO design job. If that was the case i do not got the negative publicity of the argument. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

julieee says...

As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling.
Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity?
With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product! julieee
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sam vines says...

julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling.
Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity?
With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
£800,000 to separate food and drink cans that home owners put out each fortnight. Your having a laugh.
[quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]£800,000 to separate food and drink cans that home owners put out each fortnight. Your having a laugh. sam vines
  • Score: 4

11:54pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Assimilation says...

Boris wrote:
Davidmills wrote:
That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.
Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want.
ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly.
And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?
If it was on the wick, it would be in his neighourhood.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.[/p][/quote]Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want. ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly. And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?[/p][/quote]If it was on the wick, it would be in his neighourhood. Assimilation
  • Score: -1

12:12am Tue 22 Jul 14

Boris says...

Assimilation wrote:
Boris wrote:
Davidmills wrote:
That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.
Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want.
ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly.
And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?
If it was on the wick, it would be in his neighourhood.
Thanks, I wasn't aware of where he lived. But if he is the same David Mills who writes to the printed paper almost every day, then of course you are right.
[quote][p][bold]Assimilation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: That's an easy one to fix, Bring back the full traffic ban and fine anyone that drives though Town, also start giving our fines to ever household that dose not recycle that way you make double the money from the people that still will not recycle and from the extra money saved from not putting so much in land fill, it's a win win, even better build a nice new shiny incinerator on the wick just of Mersea Rd , would save money in the long run.[/p][/quote]Sorry david, I had to give you the thumbs down. Everything you say makes sense except for the incinerator, which we definitely do not want. ECC have threatened to build an incinerator in Stanway for years and, quite rightly, the people there have objected very strongly. And what have you got against Monkwick people, that you want them to have an incinerator next door? What's the matter with your own neighbourhood?[/p][/quote]If it was on the wick, it would be in his neighourhood.[/p][/quote]Thanks, I wasn't aware of where he lived. But if he is the same David Mills who writes to the printed paper almost every day, then of course you are right. Boris
  • Score: 1

11:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.
[quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

romantic says...

jut1972 wrote:
Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start.
I believe it is a lot more than 1,000 - somewhere closer to 5,000. However, the people who would (and probably will) go will be the ones at the front-line. The ones higher up cost too much to get rid of, and in any case, are part of the decision making process. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: Doesn't CBC have circa 1000 employees? That's where to start.[/p][/quote]I believe it is a lot more than 1,000 - somewhere closer to 5,000. However, the people who would (and probably will) go will be the ones at the front-line. The ones higher up cost too much to get rid of, and in any case, are part of the decision making process. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas. romantic
  • Score: 1

2:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

julieee says...

sam vines wrote:
julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling.
Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity?
With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
£800,000 to separate food and drink cans that home owners put out each fortnight. Your having a laugh.
at the moment we put the metal trustingly in recycle boxes, the cbc pay ecc to take it away and dispose. Surely it's better if cbc can collect, sort, sell for us and also not pay ecc.
And yes I agree £800,000 is a huge amount for the machine but I was surprised it wasn't already a cbc asset.
It should recoup it's cost.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]£800,000 to separate food and drink cans that home owners put out each fortnight. Your having a laugh.[/p][/quote]at the moment we put the metal trustingly in recycle boxes, the cbc pay ecc to take it away and dispose. Surely it's better if cbc can collect, sort, sell for us and also not pay ecc. And yes I agree £800,000 is a huge amount for the machine but I was surprised it wasn't already a cbc asset. It should recoup it's cost. julieee
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

julieee says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.
Thank you for response. I'm glad to hear it and will now have to find the email that misinformed me.
It will be interesting to see the difference made to costs by the machine. Hopefully gazette will be provided with them in due course.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.[/p][/quote]Thank you for response. I'm glad to hear it and will now have to find the email that misinformed me. It will be interesting to see the difference made to costs by the machine. Hopefully gazette will be provided with them in due course. julieee
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

julieee says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.
Here it is on What do they know FOI request pages.
https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/w
aste_disposal_20#com
ment-47712
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.[/p][/quote]Here it is on What do they know FOI request pages. https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/w aste_disposal_20#com ment-47712 julieee
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Can someone clear up that we have a 1.1 mil funding gap and just spent 800000 on a very expensive magnet.
Can someone clear up that we have a 1.1 mil funding gap and just spent 800000 on a very expensive magnet. sam vines
  • Score: 1

9:17am Fri 25 Jul 14

brooks says...

julieee wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
julieee wrote:
As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product!
Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.
Here it is on What do they know FOI request pages.
https://www.whatdoth

eyknow.com/request/w

aste_disposal_20#com

ment-47712
the link does not work please can you repost it thanks
[quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julieee[/bold] wrote: As far as I understand we currently pay ECCto take away our recycling. Surely that's even worse than giving away a valuable commodity? With recycled goods having a cash value as is evidenced by the spate of metal thefts and increase in out lets (or inlets) looking to buy clothes from people surely it's time Colchester became sustainable in it's own right. Martin Hunt has taken a step in the right direction authorising an £800,000 spend on a machine that can sort the metal from recycling boxes into categories. Now CBC just need to sell the resulting product![/p][/quote]Thanks for the comments re cans, but we do NOT pay ECC to take away our recycling.[/p][/quote]Here it is on What do they know FOI request pages. https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/w aste_disposal_20#com ment-47712[/p][/quote]the link does not work please can you repost it thanks brooks
  • Score: 0

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