IF you are one of the millions who had hoped to see a return to weekly rubbish-collections, then no doubt you will be disappointed by the latest government U-turn.
However it should come as no great surprise becauses in many parts of the UK, offering a weekly bin-collection would see many local councils fined as a consequence of something called the EU Landfill Directive. This piece of legislation financially punishes local councils if they generate too much landfill.
Weekly collections would mean more landfill, which would result in more fines at a time when local councils have had their budgets cut.
Yet again, we see how a Brussels-created policy affects millions of people in the UK who simply want their bins emptied on a weekly basis.
The Conservative Party has campaigned locally and nationally on the promise of a return to weekly rubbish-collections, which now will not happen in many parts of the UK.
The irony of it all is that the EU Landfill Directive was written and proposed by Caroline Jackson, the former Conservative Euro-MP for South-West England, back in 2008.
DEREK CLARK (UKIP),
one of Hucknall and
Suite 1, Rowan House,
Billing Road, Northampton.