Many residents have been in touch about Rochdale Council's proposals to change the recycling collection system.
While I understand the concerns some people have, I can also appreciate that the Council are in a very difficult position. The Conservative cuts to local government have been well publicised, and they have undoubtedly placed huge pressure on the Council to make savings and find different ways of doing more with less. Also, it is a fact that Rochdale is the worst performing borough for recycling in the whole of Greater Manchester.
Councillor Jacqui Beswick has written an open letter to residents explaining the reasons for the proposals and you can read it here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/rochdale-council-reassures-people-over-9554107. The Council have launched a public consultation on the issue, and I would urge all residents with concerns about the impact of the proposals to make their voice heard. You can contribute to the consultation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until August 14th.
I fear there will be many more difficult decisions to be made at the Town Hall in the next few years as councillors try to cope with the huge losses to be inflicted by central government, and I will be doing all I can to raise awareness in parliament of the plight of our local authority.
It is important that the Council continues to listen to the concerns of residents, and that local people are a part of the discussion. As our local services are clobbered by the Tories, we really are all in this together here in Heywood and Middleton.