WATCH as future options for waste and recycling collections were discussed on Monday 10 September at the first of a series of community forums across the Derbyshire Dales.
The Matlock forum, at the Town Hall from 7pm, was broadcast live on the District Council’s YouTube channel, enabling local people who can’t be there in person to interact online.
It currently costs the District Council around £1.9m a year to collect waste and recycling from 34,000 properties – and that figure could rise significantly when a new contract starts in two years.
As part of an ongoing consultation on the way collections could look from August 2020, local residents were invited to have their say at public forums in Matlock and Bakewell, with the final one of the series happening in Ashbourne on Tuesday 25 September.
The consultation includes an online questionnaire residents were encouraged to complete before 23 September.
The Bakewell forum took place at the District Council’s Agricultural Business Centre on Tuesday 18 September and the Ashbourne forum at the Henmore Suite, McMurty & Harding Veterinary Practice, the following Tuesday, 25 September. Both also start at 7pm.
Other issues up for debate at the forums will include presentations on a potential new joint venture to maximise commercial value in the District Council’s assets to generate new income streams, and an update on the transfer of the management of the District Council's leisure centres to a not-for-profit leisure trust.
Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
“These forums continue to be an opportunity for us to listen to the views of local people. It’s also our opportunity to explain in more detail complicated issues such as the current waste and recycling review, which, understandably, is a big talking point across the district at the moment.
“However, it is also an opportunity for residents to set the agenda and ask any questions they like about local services.”
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