Oadby and Wigston Borough Council is launching a public consultation (Thursday, 16 February) to find out what residents value about the current refuse and recycling services and what future changes they would like to see made.
The Council is facing increasing financial challenges in the way in which it is funded nationally and by 2020 has to be spending £1.4million a year less on running services than it does now. This challenge is set to worsen from next April, as Leicestershire County Council will be withdrawing recycling credit payments, which are worth up to £500,000 a year to Oadby and Wigston.
This service is one of the Council’s largest budgets and the three week “Let’s talk about rubbish” consultation aims to gather input from local residents so informed options can be explored before a second, more detailed consultation, can take place.
The consultation is hoping to interact with as many residents as possible, so a full picture of local opinion can appear. It will consist of a short survey, which can be filled in online or by visiting the council’s Customers Service Centre on Bell Street, Wigston or Brocks Hill Country Park, Oadby.
It will also feature in the quarterly ‘Letterbox’ newsletter magazine that will be delivered to every household in early March.
A series of open sessions will also be held across the Borough, for anybody requiring help to complete the survey or to discuss any of the questions posed. Details of these sessions can be found on the Council’s website.
The Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, Cllr John Boyce said: “I would urge all residents to get involved as this is a genuine consultation with no outcome being currently favoured by councillors. However, we do face significant challenges to our budget - not least following the County Council’s removal of recycling credits.”
Cllr Boyce added: “Once we have analysed the results received, we will bring any formal plans to a further consultation.”
For any Oadby and Wigston residents wishing to complete the survey online - please visit: www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/lets_talk_about_rubbish
The consultation and survey will close on 12 March, with the follow-up consultation expected to be available in the summer.