By Cllr Ian Marks - Finance spokesperson in warrington-worldwide.co.uk
After years of delay and endless broken promises, it appears the 2017/18 Council Accounts are now close to being signed off by the External Auditor, Grant Thornton.
There must be some confidence by both the Council and the Auditors this will happen, because we have a specially organised extra meeting of the Audit & Corporate Governance Committee on 9 December to discuss this topic.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Marks is calling on the Council to be clearer about what cannot be recycled in a blue bin. Stickers placed on 'contaminated' bins say what can be recycled but are not explicit about what is forbidden.
From talking to the person who emptied my blue bin yesterday, I understand that they are under strict instructions to refuse to empty contaminated bins. They open the top and if they see material like crisp packets and polythene bags, they slap a sticker on the bin. I have had complaints from residents asking why their bins have not been emptied. I have been walking round looking inside bins with stickers and I can see what the problem is. I understand why this policy is being put into effect because anything that improves the Council's recycling rate is welcome.
Warrington Liberal Democrats are asking the Borough Council to suspend the Local Plan Consultation, due to start this week, because of anticipated changes in the Government's planning policy.
Press comments from The Economist newspaper, published on the 2nd of October, claim that the Conservative Government is on the brink of major planning concessions that will stop obliging Local Authorities to release greenbelt land to meet the government's housing and employment targets. Such changes would affect Warrington's current Draft Local Plan which is due to go out to public consultation this week.
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