Budget boost for Customer Services Climate change, street cleaning and waste collections set for investment as part of budget

Carbon reduction, street cleaning and same-day waste and recycling collections are to be key beneficiaries in the ‘Customer Services’ portfolio under this year’s Conservative budget. As part of the Conservative budget proposals agreed by Bath and North East Somerset Council this week, £482,000 of extra funding has been earmarked this year for implementation of a carbon management plan, £50,000 for improvements to street cleaning and £100,000 to be invested in introducing same-day waste and recycling collections.

The Conservatives’ budget plans for Council ‘Customer Services’ form part of a wider vision to improve the front line services residents receive from the Council. Addressing the concerns of local residents, the Conservatives have established key priorities for council services, including improving road safety, encouraging cleaner neighbourhoods, addressing climate change, tackling congestion and improving waste collection. This year’s budget continues to build on this.

The Conservative budget agreed by the Council earmark:

– £482,000 to address climate change by developing the Carbon Management Plan, which includes the aspiration of achieving a 30% reduction in CO2 by 2014 and could ultimately save £8 million in energy costs over that period.
– £50,000 extra to further improve street cleaning.
– £100,000 to have household waste and recycling collected on the same day of the week from the summer, making life easier for residents and yet further improving Bath and North East Somerset’s recycling rate, which reached 43% last year.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Con, Keynsham North), the Conservative Cabinet Member in charge of Customer Services said:

“Last year we set out a £17 million, three-year programme of highway improvements and investment in road safety schemes. This year the Conservative budget plans will further improve street cleaning and waste collections, as well as make a major investment in tackling climate change.

“Collecting waste and recycling on the same day will make life easier for residents, and together with the investment in carbon reduction, forms an important part of our aim to tackle climate change and continue improving recycling rates.”