The Wirral is becoming a mess, literally – due to the local council jettisoning its ’green’ agenda.
Now Unite, the country’s largest union, has written to the Wirral’s three MPs to ask them to use their influence with Wirral borough councillors to stop the 320,000 residents being engulfed by ‘a tidal wave of filth’, with adverse consequences for public health.
Unite pins the blame for the situation on the swingeing cuts on local government budgets imposed by communities secretary Eric Pickles, which now means 125,000 householders paying an annual charge of £35 from this month to have their brown bins for green rubbish emptied.
Unite regional secretary Mick Whitley said: “So far only 24,500 households have opted to pay this iniquitous £35 charge. This will result in garden rubbish being fly tipped all over the Wirral, and will have a massive effect on Wirral’s recycling protocols.
“A further £1 million in cuts come into effect on 1 July. Street cleaning that was daily will now be done weekly. Streets that were cleaned every month will now be spruced up every three months.”
Unite also warned about the health-threatening excrement left by the estimated 150,000 dogs in the Merseyside and Cheshire areas which produce a daily total of 60 tonnes of dog mess.
Unite has written to the councillors asking for immediate talks on the cuts and also to local MPs Angela Eagle (Wallasey), Frank Field (Birkenhead) and Alison McGovern (Wirral South).
Mick Whitley said: “We want the Wirral to attract tourists and new businesses bringing much needed employment – and this won’t happen if the streets and open spaces are engulfed in a tidal wave of filth.
“These cuts, forced upon the council by the coalition, are counter-productive and will have a massive impact on the quality of life of the 320,000 people on the Wirral.”
The household refuse collections and street-cleaning services on the Wirral have been carried out by waste management company, Biffa since 2006. Unite has about 100 members working for the firm.
For further information please contact Graham Daley on 07958 624157 and/or senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.