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Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public 'consultation' which could see major changes to how rubbish is collected across Central Beds.

The consultation runs from 26th February to 20th April and can be found at:

Click here to link to the survey

Here is an explanation of the changes from your local CBC councillor Adam Zerny  (www.adamzerny.co.uk)

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public 'consultation' which could see major changes to how rubbish is collected across Central Beds.

Waste is the third largest area of spend for CBC after adult social care and children’s services. CBC says it wants to save £2.25m a year on Waste Services. It reckons it can save £300,000 a year when it re-tenders the existing contracts, but has also come up with a series of options to help it save the rest of this £2m.

Information made available to the public, with the 'consultation' mentions the following options being considered by CBC:

  1. Continue as is. "No savings" made.
  2. Continue as is, but paper and cardboard collected separately via another box provided by CBC. Undisclosed savings through resale of paper/card.
  3. Continue as is but glass collection via another box provided by CBC. No savings.
  4. Food waste collection for everyone (currently some areas of CBC don't have food waste collected). No savings
  5. General waste (black bins) to be collected only every three weeks. "Significant" savings.
  6. Garden waste no longer to be collected for free. Annual charge of £40 per household to include free bin! "Very significant" savings.

CBC insists it is "at an early stage of exploring these options, no decision has been made" and adds the "feedback from the consultation will really help us decide what changes to make and what else we might need to think about to support residents to recycle more". Perhaps seeking to reduce the level of criticism for its actions CBC has even written to councillors to implore "We are not the only council to have considered some of these options"

So what might CBC be up to here? Well there is a clue in noting how few of the options above seem to offer what CBC calls 'significant' savings. For 'significant' read 'enough to help us reach our £2m target'. However, documents I have seen put figures on some of the vague assertions above.

Collecting glass and food waste for all households i.e. option 2 and 4 combined, is likely to yield a saving of about £224,000 a year.

Option 4 would lead to an increase in costs of £102,000 a year despite the implication in CBC's 'consultation' document that it would be cost neutral.

Having the general waste collected only every 3 weeks (option 5) would, according to CBC, save them a whopping £1,785,000 a year.

CBC reckon charging for the collection of garden waste (option 6) also would save them £1,825,000 a year.

So you can see where this is going can't you! This 'consultation' is about CBC seeking a mandate to either collect general waste only every three weeks OR charge for collection of garden waste. The latter in effect a Garden Tax.

But isn't that what your Council Tax goes towards? Apparently not. CBC told me "Collecting garden waste is not a statutory service that the council has to provide...30% of councils are now charging for this service" and neither is fortnightly collection of general waste.

The 'consultation' itself asks you to consider whether if you were to lose the fortnightly collections of general waste, the collection of glass or continued free garden waste might make you feel better about it, which just serves to reinforce my concerns of the ulterior motive.

Likewise, if you choose to continue with free collection of garden waste, you are asked to consider if you wouldn't mind losing fortnightly collections of general waste!

My advice is not to answer ANY question where you feel you are being encouraged to pick the lesser of two evils. Use the 'consultation' document to state exactly what you want waste collection to include.

And be careful about ticking any boxes which acknowledge you are keen for CBC to make savings, as this will be construed as giving your approval for cuts.

The boxes at the end which ask for personal details are optional.

Hilariously, at the recent Executive meeting, when questioned about the forthcoming public consultation, the Council's Leader pleaded "This is a genuine consultation". What this says about all the other recent 'consultations', one can only guess.

Click here to link to the survey.


Central Beds Council is proposing a huge new town in between Everton and Tempsford

Important - this affects Tempsford.

The deadline for submitting your response to this proposal was Tuesday 29th August 2017.

Click here to download a summary of the information from your local independent councillor Adam Zerny.

Tempsford Parish Council organised a parish meeting to inform all residents of the plans and how to register and respond to the survey. This gave people the opportunity to make up their own minds.

Tempsford Parish Council is against this development.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2019832988234600/

If you did not complete the survey, Central Beds will assume that you agree with the development.


***High speed broadband is now finally available in Tempsford ***

The Blunham exchange is FTTC enabled.

I.e. it is a fibre cable to the exchange, but it still relies on the copper phone lines to get the broadband to your house.


Tempsford Residents Google Group

We have created a Google Group for Tempsford residents. It is intended to be used if you have something to sell, would like to find a recommended tradesman, meet up with other new mums, locate babysitters, lift shares etc.

To keep it relevant and manageable you need to live in Tempsford to join.

Follow this link to sign up:        https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tempsford-residents

If you have a Google log-in you can use that, otherwise just use your e-mail and a password.

The group is moderated so your application needs to be approved before you can access the group. Unsuitable posts etc. will be removed.


Daffodil Bulbs

The Parish Council has planted an additional 125kg of daffodil bulbs around the village this year. That brings to total to 375kg planted in 2014, 2015 and 2016. For reference the bulb type is "Carlton".