11:37am Thursday 12th September 2013
By Stuart Laundy
TALKS are being proposed to ensure a kerbside garden waste collection scheme can continue in Teesdale.
However, residents will have to pay a £20 fee for the service they currently receive free of charge.
The scheme is currently provided through an agreement between Durham County Council and the not-for-profit Teesdale Conservation Volunteers (Rotters).
In the face of budget cuts, the county council says residents wishing to be part of the scheme will now have to pay to receive 16 fortnightly collections between April and November.
A Durham County Council spokeswoman said: “The council will work with Rotters so that the partnership can continue in the best way possible for residents wanting to use garden waste collections in the area.
“Details, including how the opt-in fee will be collected and what financial support will continue for the community sector partner involved, will be the subject of detailed discussions with Rotters.”
Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Councillor Brian Stephens, added: “The collection service in Teesdale is unique in the county because it involves a community sector partner and we are very keen to continue that relationship.
“We will need to understand how people wanting to continue to use the scheme would prefer to pay and how they would like to have the service delivered.
“A public consultation will help us to understand that.”
Durham County Council's cabinet will be asked to agree the start of the consultation regarding payment methods and scheme delivery on September 18.
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