Residents could be paying for new bins

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NEW homeowners in Breckland could be paying for their own bins if plans are pushed through.

Breckland Council is set to ask owners of newly-built properties to pick up the bill for their wheeled bins – costing around £62 for two standard bins.

The move met with scepticism from councillors at a meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee last Thursday.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Keith Gilbert said scrapping the idea was a ‘no-brainer’.

“Breckland are saying this is to protect frontline services.

“If you go out and ask people what the council does, the first thing they say is that they empty our bins.

“If it’s not a frontline service then I don’t know what is,” he said.

Breckland’s plans mean that damaged or stolen bins would still be replaced by the council but the cost for bins at new homes would be put on the homeowner or developers.

Cllr Terry Jermy, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards that the move could see a ‘black market’ for bins created.

“People can start pinching bins and selling them to new homeowners – nobody could tell the difference.

“There’s also a concern that rubbish could end up in black bags on the streets,” he said.

Cllr Jermy added that the two- page report which was shown to members needed to developed.

William Nunn, leader of the council, said Breckland hoped that developers would pay for the new bins, rather than homeowners.

“This is about keeping Council Tax down and protecting frontline services – refuse collection being one of them.

“We are one of the few councils that doesn’t charge for bins and what we are proposing would save around £30,000 a year,” he said.

The plans will go to Cabinet next week. If approved, fees for new bins would be brought in on June 1.