Swindon Borough Council’s Proposed Changes for Recycling and Green Waste collection

SBC looks to introduce fortnightly recycling collection service

​Residents will be consulted on the council moving to a combined fortnightly waste and recycling collection service on the same day, if plans get the go-ahead.

These changes, proposed to take effect from February, 2014 would mean residents have the convenience of their general waste and recycling, including plastics, being collected on the same day fortnightly. A separate improved collection service for green waste is also being put forward as part of the Council’s corporate plans which will be presented at a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, October 23, and if approved a formal consultation process will begin.

Residents who cannot accommodate a wheelie bin and have blue bags for their rubbish would continue to receive a weekly collection for their waste and the weekly recycling would switch to fortnightly, including plastics on the same day.

The Council remains committed to encouraging residents to recycle and it is anticipated existing recycling levels of 45% would be maintained. Households already have two orange boxes and some have a third. Additional boxes would be available on request at a charge of £5 each, as is currently the case.

SBC seeks to improve green waste collection service for residents

Split bags of garden waste could be a thing of the past for most residents, if plans to consult the public on the introduction of a household green waste wheelie bin collection service from April next year get the go-ahead.

Subject to approval at a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, October 23, the Council will consult residents on the proposed new service, which would cost households £35 per year for a fortnightly collection and see an end to the inconvenience of green plastic bags.

The current service, introduced in 2006, has encountered recent problems. Increasing demand and financial pressures led to a four bag limit per household taking effect in May. Many residents have complained that this is insufficient and has added to the problem of bags splitting and the nasty smell of rotting green waste.

Wheelie bins would allow residents to dispose of more green waste in a contained, tidy way. Around a third of local authorities in England already charge residents for green waste collection and wheelie bins are most commonly used.

Receiving this service would be entirely optional, so residents who don’t have a garden, choose to compost or take green waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, would not be affected or required to pay.

For those who want the service, there would be an initial registration cost of £35, which includes a green bin – or supply of green bags for properties unsuitable for a wheelie bin. In addition there would be an annual £35 service charge, which equates to a cost of less than £1.50 per fortnightly collection, provided all year round except two weeks over the quiet Christmas period. In comparison, before 2006 residents who wanted their green waste collecting bought green bags from the council for £1 each.

It is recognised that special provision may be necessary for particularly vulnerable residents. The proposals include offering an assisted collection for those with limited mobility, as applies to wheelie bins for general household waste, subject to the same charges.  Residents would also be able to continue taking household green waste free of charge to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, where it goes on to be composted.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the changes could form part of the Council’s 2014/2015 corporate plan and are projected to achieve £635k savings in the first year, helping to bridge the estimated budget gap of £15million due to funding reductions, rising demand and cost pressures.

If Cabinet gives the go-ahead to consult, all residents will be consulted on these proposals and invited to share their views as part of the public consultation starting at the end of October.  These views will then be reported back to Cabinet so a final decision can be made.

Further details of both measures are available on SBC website:

http://www.swindon.gov.uk/News/Pages/Council-looks-to-introduce-fortnightly-recycling-collection-service.aspx

Village Clean Up Day – 20th October

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who turned out for the clean-up day on the 20th October. The weather forecast  was bad and they were absolutely right; it was a very wet morning and everybody got soaked, but remained cheerful in the face of adversity!

 

This was the third anniversary of this task and it was very encouraging to see more people than in previous years prepared to help clean up our verges and ditches. We collected 27 bags of rubbish and a surprising number of tyres, so it was a really successful day.

GoRide – An introduction to their bus service and the timetable for our new #90 bus

The new community service (Bus 90) will link Hungerford to Swindon and all points in-between with our nippy little low floor buses. Buses run on Mondays to Saturdays, (not bank holidays), from 07:30 in the morning until 17:45 in the evening, meaning you can use the bus to go to work, college, hospital or the shops. During the day the community bus runs through Lambourn, meaning that passengers can now go direct from Great Shefford to Swindon or Ashbury to Hungerford. It follows a timetable, however between Hungerford and Lambourn the bus can divert to any reasonable destination along the route, including the doctors surgery in Lambourn or Membury Service Station.

 

The fares are the same as present and you can buy your ticket on the bus ; we will even give you change! If you want to travel regularly, the 10 trip ticket will give you the best savings; it now has no expiry date. GO RIDE ,of course,  will honour the concessionary pass after 09:00 in West Berkshire and Oxfordshire and 09:30 in Swindon. You can get a full timetable from your parish office, the GO RIDE website (www.goridebus.co.uk) or on Bus 90.

 

All your parish councils will be regularly involved in a review of the service and we are looking for passengers to be part of the review as well. If you might want to be on the review committee please drop us an email at hello@goridebus.co.uk and we will talk it over with you.

 

Timetables

Click on timetables below to view full size:

1) Monday to Friday

Mon-Fri 90 Bus Timetable

2) Saturdays

Sat 90 Bus Timetable

Success – Welcome to the new GoRide #90 bus service !

In our last website post on this issue and in last month’s Parish Times we described the situation at about half way through September. In brief, residents of Bishopstone, Hinton Parva and Wanborough had flooded the e-mail system of SBC and their Cabinet meeting on 11 September, having heard about the proposal to cancel the No 47 bus, and forced a re-think.

 

After meetings with SBC, we were able to reassure parishioners at the Parish Council meeting on 7 October that there will be a continuing bus service to Swindon from the Parish.

 

The Thamesdown No 47 service will cease on Saturday 26 October and a new GoRide No 90 service will start on Monday 28 October.  There will be 6 services Monday to Friday from Bishopstone to Swindon bus station and return, and 5 on Saturdays.  The timings will be broadly similar to the No 47 timings and we have been assured that Thamesdown Transport will have the new timetable posted at bus stops and will be distributing a leaflet on the bus at least two weeks in advance of the change.   A copy of the new timetable is shown below and will be included in the next edition of the Parish Times.

 

The bus will be a 16 seater, to be operated by a new not-for-profit bus company called GoRide CIC, partly subsidized by West Berkshire, Oxon and SBC.  There was some concern expressed that there would not be sufficient capacity on this bus at certain peak times of day, particularly on the first run of the day into Swindon for those going to work and to college. However, GoRide have told us:

“When the 16 passenger limit is reached GoRide’s ‘no passenger left behind’ policy kicks in. This backup plan is triggered when passenger volume boarding in Lambourn exceeds a threshold. (This threshold is to be defined). The exact plan is still to be finalized but on other current GoRide bus routes the backup plan has involved an additional backup bus and/or 8 seater taxis running the bus route.”

The details of this backup plan will be published on the village website ( http://bishopstoneandhintonparva.org/parishcouncil/sample-page/parish-council-news/ ) as soon as they become known to us.

 

Also at launch and for the first two weeks they will run a second extra morning bus as well, to gauge if this additional capacity is needed longer term and to ensure that passengers get an initial positive experience.

 

GoRide buses provide change when bus fares are paid at the bus. GoRide buses can be hailed / stopped at any safe location along the route.

 

If you have a Thamesdown Transport bus pass or season ticket and wish to use the GoRide No 90 service regularly, you will have to obtain a refund from Thamesdown Transport and purchase tickets from GoRide. They do not offer an extended season ticket but sell “Frequent Traveller” books of 10 tickets and will agree a price for anybody who requires more than that, e.g. for the academic year.  This does not affect anybody with an OAP bus pass.

 

The telephone number for GoRide is 0330 330 8489 (this is also shown on the timetable) and this is manned whenever the bus is operating.

 

GoRide have offered to run a Q&A session in the village at which they will answer questions on the new service and sell tickets.  Watch the notice boards and website for further details.

 

The other change that has been made by SBC and Thamesdown Transport is that the 46A and 48A services will be routed through Upper and Lower Wanborough and the Marsh, to provide transport to and from Swindon for Wanborough residents. They will continue to use a Thamesdown Transport season ticket.