Recently, I received an A3 leaflet called Ashfield News, from the independents on Ashfield District Council.
It proclaims “Labour’s Garden Tax”.
Unfortunately, in my view, it contains a lot of “false news” and innuendo about the garden waste bins.
It states: “Ashfield will now have one of the highest charges in Nottinghamshire”.
Yes, it is joint second with Gedling for a one-off payment of £34. Ruschcliffe is higher at £35. Broxtowe is next at £31, and the rest of the Nottinghamshire district councils are £30.
All councils charge for garden waste and most have been doing so for the last two years.
At least Ashfield was free during that period.
There is a £5 difference between the highest and lowest.
The councils are virtually the same price. Why the fuss?
Ashfield does offer a second way to pay – which no other council seems to do – and that is with direct debit at £28. At that price, Ashfield has the lowest cost. The leaflet didn’t tell you that.
It seems the Independents protest too much about nothing.
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